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I do think that for many people in this day and age they almost think that confessing their sins in a fix all. For example, people may think that they can do something as long as they remember to ask for forgiveness of confess it to God. However, this is wrong thinking, I was one of those people I thought that as long as I confessed my sins it would be Ok. I now know that is not true you have to mean it and want to do better and change. I am only 22, and have different struggles in life then I did even 5 years ago. I think that if you have someone that you can talk to and who understands you, if that is a pastor or a friend or a partner, I think that helps you understand. I don't know how many times I have called my friend and talked the "problem or mistake that was sure to end my life as I knew" and yet they see it different than I did. I also like talking things out with my pastor, however my pastor who is 51 years old and has had more life experiences then me, he still relates to me as a 22 year old. I like that I can go into his office or home and sit down with him and just talk or cry depending on what I need. I think that confessing sins in your life to yourself, others, and God, will not only help you spiritually but it will also help you deal with life in general. I know that life is not easy for some, but I also know that there is a God that loves everything about you and wants more than anything else to know what is hurting you and what is causing you problems, I do believe that He is the only one that can help you though anything. He is all-powerful, almighty, and He wants to know you, that also means the "bad" parts. He can and will change you, even if you don't think that you can, He can.

Nicole,

I admire your willingness to reflect upon your struggles and talk with others about them. Good for you! I don't think I was this self-aware at 22--at least not in the same ways. May the Lord bless your heart to keep a clean slate and truly seek repentance.

I agree with you when you say that we need to be careful about what it means to "confess our sins." I have a relative in my life who sins against me in one area over and over again. What makes it hard is that he says he is sorry and admits that he's to blame (which softens my heart), but then he will turn around and do the same thing again over and over. It's a pattern. I struggle with forgiving him after awhile...I think because I feel like he's not truly repentant, just sorry in the emotional moment. It's tricky, but I think true repentance has got to involve a change of the will in addition to a change of the heart.

I know a lot of "insulated" Christians who struggle with confessing their sins to each other. I know others who like to talk about their struggle with particular sins but fail to take steps to weed them out. It's tricky isn't it? I'm sure that I've been guilty of both those responses too. Lord, keep us soft and truly willing to own our sins and turn from them.

Thanks for sharing,

I just wanted to come back (after a few days) and say again that your worship videos are a great addition this year. This song in particular (Voice of Truth) has been ministering to both my wife and I this week, and I don't know that we would have run across it under normal circumstances. Thank you!

I just wanted to come back (after a few days) and say again that your worship videos are a great addition this year. This song in particular (Voice of Truth) has been ministering to both my wife and I this week, and I don't know that we would have run across it under normal circumstances. Thank you!

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