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 WHAT… You’ll Forgive Me Again?

By Keiara Beverly

My mother always encouraged me to be honest with her and to confess my wrongdoings as a child. If I had not, the punishment would have been far greater. As a result, learning to admit my faults to her became easier, not to mention, I often avoided the same mistake twice. I know that no matter how many times I fall off, my mother has a forgiving heart and will continue to love me.

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13 ESV)

Just as my mother has forgiven me time and time again, the Lord has too. The key to forgiveness in both instances is confession which can be quite difficult at times. We may feel that we cannot confess because the sin could not possibly be forgiven. The good news is no sin is greater than another. But, all are deserving of forgiveness.

Although many of us have the desire to change, the process of changing isn’t always a walk in the park. There will be times when we mess up. In the words of Donnie McClurkin, “we fall down, but we get up.” We have God’s strength to rely on and He has the power to keep us on our feet. This stability however only comes with confession. God is all-knowing yet He will not push us to change if the desire to do so is not in our hearts.

On that note, I urge you to make confession a part of your daily routine. Find a scripture that relates to your trouble and recite it every day until it is embedded in your heart. Eventually, you will be living by those very words. Remember that according to Psalm 86:5, God is good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon Him.

Keiara Beverly

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