What Happens When You Sin and Confess It? – Part 2
“Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan replied, ‘The Lord has taken away your sin…’” (2 Samuel 12:13 NIV)
We read in the Bible that when David was confronted by the prophet Nathan, David confessed his sin; and Nathan then said, “The Lord has taken away your sin.” It was instant mercy, and that same mercy is available to every believer today.
Now, remember: Satan is going to come and impersonate the Holy Spirit and say, “Not so fast! Do you think it’s that easy?” And if you listen to that, you can live in months and months of guilt. There are people who have lived in years of guilt. Someone could say to the person, “Well, didn’t you confess that sin? And, if so, aren’t you standing on his Word that says he has forgiven you?” and the person would still say, “I don’t know… I don’t feel it.” Hey, forget what you feel! Feelings come and feelings go, but the Word of God is settled forever: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Of course, even when you confess your sin, there could still be an echo effect in terms of how it may have jarred you to have sinned in that way; but don’t let the devil keep you in condemnation. He’ll come to you and say, “God is going to forgive you, but not now; maybe next year or the year after that.” So you’re left in a state in which you feel half-forgiven, but not totally. But there is no such thing! “Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed!”
There’s the fear that if we tell people that God instantly forgives our sin the moment we confess it, there are those who will take advantage and play light with sin. I find the opposite to be true. When you confess your sin, and you realize how much God loves you and how full of mercy he is, that will break you inside, and you will love Jesus more than you ever loved him before. If, on the contrary, you think that God’s hand is half blessing you but that his other hand is ready to come down hard on you, you will never serve God with joy. Instead you will serve God in fear, and that never makes for victorious, Christlike living.
Aren’t you glad to know that every sin you’ve ever committed—every wrong thing you have ever done—has not only been washed away by the blood of Jesus, but forgotten by God? If so, then join me in shouting, “Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus, for your mercy and grace!”
Read 2 Samuel 12:7-13.