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January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr.,
renewer of society,
martyr, 1968 

"For Good Health Confess Your Sin"

“When I refuse to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable and I groaned all day long."  Psalm 32: 3

Yesterday, we looked at the importance of trusting God and letting go of resentment, worry and fear to maintain good health.  This leads right into our second factor for good health.

Confessing my sin is good for my health.

  • Psychologists tell us this also.  It’s good to clear your conscience and get things off your chest.  Your body is not made to hold it in.  When you hold guilt inside of you it’s like shaking up a soda can with the top, on, it will eventually blow.
  • David says it this way in Psalm 32: 3 – 5:  “When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable and I groaned all day long…my strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.  Finally I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them….and you forgave me!  All my guilt is gone.”  

David had internalized all his guilt and it physically affected his body.  If you don’t let out your feelings, especially your problems, your guilt, your bitterness with God or anything like that, you’re going to take it out on your body.

A lot of time when people do bad things they do them in such a way that they set themselves up to be caught.  Later on, when they are caught they will say, “I feel so much better now because the guilt was killing me.”

Some doctors suggest that a lot of our hospitals would be emptier today if people would get rid of the guilt and resentment over things they have done to others and things others have done to them.  Have you ever taken an inventory of what you’ve done to others?  In most self-help groups that’s what they suggest doing.

But they don’t stop at saying take the inventory.  They suggest one more thing.  Seek to make amends in as much as you are able.

Receiving forgiveness can certainly help us to deal with a lot of guilt.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don