Do you have a friend you can really trust? Someone to whom you can pour out all the deep dark secrets of your soul? I have learned, the hard way of course, that there are only a very few people in my life I can wholly trust. But there is One who is completely trustworthy for each of us. One who will sympathize with, listen to, and love us ~ always.
Our pastor is teaching the book of Hebrews on Friday nights, and I absolutely love this passage:
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:15-16
Jesus. Jesus became a man, fully God yet also fully man. He was tempted and tried like we are, yet He did not sin. Because He experienced all the pressures and trials that we experience, He understands how hard things can get here on this earth. Does that mean it is okay when we fall, fail, and sin? No. But He knows what we are going to do before we even do it. And He loves us anyway. WOW.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:9
Once we have confessed, been forgiven, and are washed clean, we can approach God’s throne (no longer a throne of judgment for us, but of grace) “with confidence”, being clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. We can freely come to Him with our “confidences”, and He will keep them confidential. Just between us. God is always available, always sympathetic and understanding (though never condoning our sin, He knows our struggles), always trustworthy, and always heaping upon us His grace ~ unearned, undeserved mercy, kindness, love, and forgiveness.
Carrying some heavy burdens? Bring them to Jesus. He can sympathize. He has experienced all the pain, heartache, loneliness, betrayal, and temptation this world can dish out. There is nothing you could confess that would shock or surprise Him. He already knows what we have thought and done, and what we will think and do (sorry God!), and He already paid the price for it all upon the cross.
Confidently approach God’s throne of grace, confide in Him, and He will keep everything confidential. And He will take your burdens, wash you clean, and lavish upon you His grace.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ~ Romans 8:1