CLEAN UP ON AISLE 7
Making a mess of life is something we all will inevitably deal with in life – some of us more often than others. Sometimes we damage our relationship with friends or family, sometimes we simply make foolish choices, and other times we make a mess of our relationship with God. No matter the situation, these mistakes we make require us to actively choose to clean up the mess and fix what we have broken. The articles below point us to taking the time to confess our sin to God, heal any emotional damage in our marriage, and stop hiding our secret sins, hoping they will go away on their own. As we heard in this past Sunday’s message, confession needs to be an important part of our everyday lives.
5 WONDERFUL & UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF CONFESSION
Growing up, I couldn’t bear to hear the word “confession” without getting a knot in my stomach. Nothing sounded more miserable than willingly sharing my wrongdoings with other people—let alone with God. This is probably why I wouldn’t do it unless, of course, I was caught in my sin.
HOW ARE YOU DOING, REALLY?
Speaking of fall clean-up this past Sunday, we can’t forget how emotional health is vital to not only personal wellbeing, but to healthy relationships–especially marriages. That’s why it’s important for you and your spouse to communicate openly and often about how you’re really doing, emotionally.
SIN IS SNEAKY
When we look at the very first sin in the Bible, we see a pattern of how sin tries to sneak into our lives and we are given the best antidote to dealing with that insidious sin – confession. Take a moment to look at one of the first blog articles we ever posted to our church website.
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Continued Reflection from Sunday
MESSAGE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- Do you view confession as restorative or punitive? Why?
- Think about a time you have honestly confessed your thoughts and your sins openly to God. What were the benefits you experienced for your openness with God?
- Consider how you could build a regular time of confession into the rhythm of your life with God. Try it out for a week and notice how your relationship with God grows.
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