Confessing our sins: Some Thoughts on Repentance


A bit ago I wrote a short essay on the signs of true repentance for abusive individuals. The AACC published it in their Christian Counseling Today magazine (v. 13:3). In that essay I suggested that true repentance requires, honest in-depth admission, sacrificial efforts to repair the damage, and acceptance of helpful discipline and accountability. This Sunday, my pastor preached from Nehemiah 9 about repentance. Here’s a couple of points that Pastor Traylor made:

What does repentance look like in Nehemiah 9?

    • Praise and confession, intermingled, Retelling the good things God has done while acknowledging the wrong things we have done

    • Immersion in the Word and Worship

  • Notice that though
    Israel’s sins deserve God’s wrath, he is quick to provide mercy

  • Ingratitude is our primary problem. It allows us to demand our own way and ignore the good things God has done, is doing, and will do 

As I pondered the text, these thoughts came to mind. We ought to:

    Own our transgressions without blameshifting in any way (notice there is no making excuses for bad parenting, circumstances, etc.)

    Recount the many blessings and mercies from the Lord both before and during our rebellion

    Covenant to produce fruits in keeping with repentance

    Ask for relief and remind God of his promises to deliver us from our misery remembering that God is just in all that he does

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One response to “Confessing our sins: Some Thoughts on Repentance

  1. This is a great reminder that I must take action to right my wrongs. Of the three necessary steps this one is the hardest for me. I often have heartfelt sorrow over some of my sins but fail to repair the damage I have caused.

    I have also noticed that I have a tendency to minimize the wrong that I have done. One of the greatest growth producing disciplines in my life has been to maximize the wrong I have done, almost completely ignoring the wrong the other person did, and taking full responsibility. That allows me to focus on what I can control – my actions – and not on what is outside my control – other people.

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