The struggle of sin takes place in the human heart. We are tempted to cover our temptations for fear of being ostracized. Personal experience and observation provides some justification for this concern. Hypocrisy of folks who preach forgiveness but demonstrate harsh treatment toward those who confess has that sort of effect. When we confess our sins we are liberated from this fear. We throw ourselves upon the mercy of Jesus. We lay our burdens at the cross. We experience grace unveiled. It is a grace which transcends human fraility, human hypocrisy. It flows from the very throne of God. It is his free gift which is motivated by his matchless love. The one who confesses is forgiven. Indeed, that person also is cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). What a liberating place to be! What mercy! What hope.
What are you struggling with in the quietness of this hour? Have you wondered whether God could possibly redeem someone like you, someone who struggles with the things that haunt your private thoughts and bleed out into your daily behaviors? This is the good news of grace unveiled in the person of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the cross for our sins, and then was raised bodily from the dead (Romans 6:4, 9; Colossians 2:13-15). Indeed, “if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). Embrace the grace unveiled.