“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.”
Psalm 66:18-19 (NLT)
Our heart is key to our relationship with God. Our emotions, motives, beliefs, assumptions, self image, and so much more all interface in our heart. If we are tempted or in denial to our own behavior, it is in our heart. So it stands to reason, if we have sin in our life, we know it in our heart. When there is sin, it is in contrast to God’s purposes; so why would our communication to God even be heard? That is what David is trying to say. God is not interested in our deception, lies or rationalizations. He would rather have our confession, repentance and humility. When we come to Him in this way, there is open communication. Love, joy and peace can be shared because our hearts are in tune with His. Today, protect your heart. Keep your conscious clear, be honest with God in all you do.
Father, forgive me for all the times I have held sin in my heart. I come to you repentant. Help me keep my conscious clean. Help me to constantly be honest with you and confess all my wrong beliefs, attitudes and behavior. I pray in Jesus’ name.
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