How long has it been since you had real, real, deep down peace in your heart? Has it been a long time? You know there is a reason that we don't have peace and we have that nagging hunger for that peace that passes all understanding. I have finally found the peace that I have been looking for and I would like to share with you, how you may have it too.
Psalms 28:13 "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Is there someone you have wronged and you have not humbled yourself and gone to them and made things right with them. I have had to do that so many times in my life and I still kept doing things that I had to make right until just recently I discovered the problem. I was not letting Christ control my every thought, my words and my actions. All of me.
James 5:16 "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that you may be healed."
In a little book called Steps to Christ is this thought, "True confession is always of a specific character, and acknowledges specific sins. They may be of such a nature as to be brought before God only; They may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury through them; or they may be of a public character, and then should be as publicly confessed. All confession should be definite and to the point acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty."
Notice the sentence, 'all confession should be definite and to the point, acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty. This takes a lot of prayer and heart searching and if we are open to the Spirit's leading, He will lead us in making things right with others and this must be done before we come before God confessing them. I treated someone badly 40 years ago and God brought it to my mind and fortunately I had a contact that I was able to use to make things right and then peace came. We must humble ourselves before those we have sinned against and tell them we are truly sorry and name the sin that we committed, and peace will come as we do this. There may be several that will be brought to mind, it is not all at once that this happens, it could be over a little stretch of time but it will come and we must humble ourselves and do what is required of us to have that peace that God wants to give us.
Whatever you do, don't excuse your sins as Adam and Eve did in Genesis 3:12,13. There is no excuse for sin and confessions of this order are not inspired by God and are not acceptable. Self-justification has always been Satan's method of releasing us from guilt, but it is not God's way.
It is OK to be the chief of sinners, Paul said he was chief of sinners and it is OK for me to be the chief of sinners and freely admit my wrongs and make them right if I truly want the peace that passes all understanding.
1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Do you believe this promise, then claim it and make things right with those you have wronged and with God and you will have that peace that all men and women long for and cannot find.
I guarantee that you will find the peace that you need if you are truly sincere and are willing to be made willing to reform your life to God's will and become His humble follower. Grandma Joan
PS. God impressed my mind to leave this up for another day. Whoever you are out there that needs this today, I pray God's blessing on you and all you who read this, it really does bring peace to the heart and joy also knowing you are right with God, what a blessing!!!!!