When we were little kids, we often had to “fess up” for something we said or did that wasn’t right or nice. Our parents usually instigated the apology or retribution.
Our Heavenly Father does this with His grown up kids too. He pushes on our conscience until we know what has to be done. We ultimately need to confess and/or apologize to another grown up for the wrong we committed. Perhaps we were very judgemental, spewing our opinions on another, or we did or didn’t do something that really hurt that person.
Not very Christian. And not very human.
I’ve heard countless stories about little kids who stole a candy bar and ended back at the store with tears in their eyes and a big apology to “never steal again.”
It’s not quite that effective when we are adults and have harmed someone with words or actions. Because we are sinners, we will likely do again; and again. Not to the same person hopefully, but we will hurt another person whom we love and after awhile it creates a cycle of shame.
But God doesn’t intend to shame us, or use the shame to straighten us out. He loves us. No. Matter. What. We. Do.
But He wants us to learn.
How do we learn? By apologizing first. Praying forgiveness. Learning not to continue the sin. We often bang our heads against the wall for years. Why can’t we stop hurting people? Why do we have to be so self righteous? Why can’t we see the sin? Why can’t we learn from it?
Because we are attempting to heal a hurt with a human solution.
We need God’s solution. It’s called TRUTH.
Webster defines truth as:a (1) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality(2) : the state of being the case : fact(3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual realityb : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true
We know what is true in our own lives. We know even truer when God is the center.