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I Confess

Kathy Dingus

 
 

 

 

 

 

I have a confession to make.

I LOVE JESUS!

(There, now that wasn't so hard, now was it?) I also have another confession to make. I didn't always love Jesus.

Even when I realized that I did love Jesus, I couldn't openly admit it to anyone.

It's like I had my own little corner that I kept Jesus in, and He wasn't allowed into all parts of my life. He couldn't be with me at the grocery store, or driving on the highway. He couldn't be with me at lunch with my friends, or even with me at work.

He had to stay where I kept Him . . . until I needed Him, or when it was time to spend a moment with Him in prayer, (usually asking for something I thought I needed at the time) or when I attended church . . . we're supposed to have Him present there, you know.

I am very ashamed that I had this attitude. I didn't even know I had this attitude for many years. I was too busy being self-righteous.

I don't know if anyone else felt the same way I did. Church was something I grew up with. My parents started attending church services on a regular basis when I was very young, about 6 years of age. We did not miss church services for anything short of an emergency.

You could say we were devout in our loyalties to God. I assumed that Jesus Christ loved me, just as He loved my parents, and that I had a relationship with him simply because I attended church, tried to do 'right" and remembered to pray to Him often.

I am so thankful that I now can confess truthfully that I do have a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Lord has given me truth, opened my blind eyes to the glory of the new covenant.

Webster's Dictionary defines the word confess as this: to make known or tell something. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:15,16 - let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips-that confess His name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." In I Timothy 6:12 Paul states: 'Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession."

By confessing the name of Jesus Christ, your love for Him and belief that He is your Savior and by His grace you are saved we are called to eternal life and have made a sacrifice in which God is well pleased!

I know we all want God to be well pleased with us. I know I do. So I plan to share/confess more often with my friends, co-workers and family the love of Jesus Christ.

Sisters, I now let Jesus Christ into all parts of my life. I think about him all through the day, and no longer do I feel like I have to be on my knees to talk with Him.

He lives within me, and is a part of me. He knows before I speak what I am feeling and what I need. The Spirit within me understands my yearnings.

Romans 8:26 reads: 'the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. The Holy Spirit groans and intercedes for us when we do not know how to express what we are feeling.

A friend of min has a favorite proclamation: "God loves us and there ain't a thing we can do about it!" We should praise God for that! I know I probably try his love often, but even in the trying, He loves me.

There is an old saying that 'confession is good for the soul." That works especially well in the confessing of our Lord Jesus Christ! He has saved our Soul!

It can't get any better than that!