Despite how perfect some individuals may act, behave and live out on a daily basis, everyone possesses imperfections. These blemishes often result in a dark side with secret addictions, bad habits or unthinkable acts that would shock the average person. This collection of scars accumulate into skeletons of your past.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us, 1 John 1:8-10.
There was a time in American history where honesty was the best policy. However, sometimes revealing a skeleton or two from your past can do permanent damage. Recently. Pete Rose admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a minor back in the 1970’s. This confession sent shockwaves across the country, igniting outrage throughout social media. Based upon the comments posted, it’s as if this was the worst act ever committed.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh, Galatians 5:16.
The second aspect of confession is taking the steps toward the road to recovery. Perhaps, this may explain the criticism of Rose over his lack of contrition for his previous transgressions. Thus, if you want to experience healing from the skeletons of your past, you must learn to walk according to the Holy Spirit. Based upon the apostle Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 10:13, God will provide a way out when temptations arrive. In your journey toward healing, may the Lord guide you out of bondage to find freedom in the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.
by Jay Mankus