Daily Devotional Bible Verse
Return, faithless Israel, declares the Lord. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the Lord; I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt, that you rebelled against the Lord your God and scattered your favors among foreigners under every green tree, and that you have not obeyed my voice, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 3:12-13 (ESV)
Admitting we have messed up can be a hard thing to do. It might be that we are ashamed of what we did and believe others will look down on us; and often, the sin we are struggling with is something we have looked down on others for. Maybe we are afraid the person we sinned against will never forgive us for what we have done. These are all valid and real emotions that race through our minds after we have sinned and try to figure out how to get back on track with God.
We are called to confess our sins and pray for each other even though it won’t be easy (James 5:16). But, we should never have a hard time confessing our sins before God. All of these fears and doubts we harbor concerning what others will think should not cross our mind when it comes to God.
In today’s text, he called Jeremiah to bring Israel to repentance through admitting their sin. God has called them faithless, whorish, and much more. But, he still desires for them to return to him because of his great love and mercy for his people.
Christ has paid the penalty for our sins, and there is now no more condemnation for those in Him (Romans 8:1). Cry out to a merciful God and admit the sin in your life, knowing that he won’t judge or look down on you as fallen man does, but will respond in grace as we are counted righteous through Christ.
Confess to God what you have been trying to hide from Him today.