Bible Verses

“I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”– Psalm 32:3-5

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”- James 5-16

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – John 1:9

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” – Timothy 6:12

“The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.”- Mark 1:5

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

Of course, it is very important not to sin.  However, every one among us does commit some sin.  Sometimes it is more difficult to confess the sin than it would have been to avoid the sin.

All Christians know to acknowledge our sins when praying and asking for forgiveness.  It is also important to have the strength to stand up and accept responsibility when we commit sin.  This is especially true when a committed sin hurts someone else.  A key part of acknowledging your sin is being truthful with those hurt by your sin.  When you hurt someone directly or indirectly, it is important to acknowledge your regret to them.  

Regardless of what sins were committed by other people in the past, it is your responsibility to acknowledge your act and express your regret.  Not only is your acknowledgment important to those hurt by your sin, but it is important for you. 

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Jane and her director

Jane worked as an agent in a large book publishing business.  The publishing business is very competitive and even more competitive within the same company.  Jane was in a group of twelve agents.  All of them competed against each other to sign authors and promote the books they represented. 

Jane was doing well, but she needed to promote one more major book to move herself up to the top 10% of the agents in her group.  She worked hard to find a good book but was not able to find any that would move her up in the group.  Then one late afternoon she saw a note left at the copy machine.  The note was from Bill, one of the agents she competed against.  The note had the title of a book along with the author’s name and contact information. 

Jane called the author and discussed his book.  She did not mention Bill.  She realized this was a very good book and continued to work with the author. 

The author liked Jane.  He called Bill and told him he was working with another agent.  Bill was very upset, but he did not know that Jane had used his note to contact the author. 

Jane was successful at signing the author.  She was congratulated by the director of the office and told she was moving in the right direction.  The problem was that Jane felt guilty because she did not find the author, Bill did.  She committed a sin against Bill and Bill did not even know about it.

As time passed, Jane felt more and more guilty.  The weight of her sin became too much to bear.  She decided to talk with her grandmother whom she trusted more than anyone else.  Her grandmother was a deacon at her church and was respected by everyone who knew her. 

Her grandmother told her that she had to acknowledge that Bill was the one who found the author and she discovered the author from a note written by Bill.  Her grandmother told Jane she will not relieve the pain until she confesses her act.  It will be very painful for a while, but the pain from sinning will be relieved.

Jane respected her grandmother enough to follow her advice.  Jane told the director that she contacted the author because she saw a note written by Bill and that Bill was the one who found the author. 

The director was very unhappy with Jane for her deceit.  However, he did acknowledge that she had the courage and strength to correct the situation and acknowledge Bill.  The director gave the book publishing contract to Bill but gave Jane more time to find her own author to represent.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Of course, it is best to not sin.  However, when we do sin and that sin hurts someone; it is critical to confess not only to God in prayer but to those affected by the sin.  In most instances confessing sin is more difficult than resisting the sin originally.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.