Confession Keeps You Healthy
“When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long” (Psalm 32:3 NLT).
Confessing your sin is good for your health — any psychologist will tell you this. It’s good to clear your conscience and get things off your chest. Your body is not made to hold guilt inside you. When you do, it’s like shaking up a soda can with the top on. It will blow eventually.
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 my guilt …. And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone” (NLT).
David internalized his guilt, and it physically affected his body. If you don’t talk out your problems, your guilt, or your bitterness with God, you’re going to take it out on your body.
Several doctors have told me that a lot of people could leave the hospital today if they knew how to get rid of guilt or resentment over things they’ve done to others and things others have done to them.
God wants us to move on to better health, and one way is through confession and forgiveness. Accept God’s grace and break free of your guilt.
Talk It Over
-- What toll has guilt or bitterness taken on your physical health?
-- Spend a few moments in prayer today asking God to forgive you for the things you’ve done to others.
-- Then pray about any resentment and bitterness you are holding against people who have hurt you. Ask God to help you forgive those people so you can move on to better health.
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