I’ve written about how unrealistic expectations and unresolved pain will hold you back from fulfilling the great calling God has placed on your life, but there’s an even bigger barrier to your effectiveness if you allow it to exist: unconfessed sin. 

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

~ Proverbs 28:13 NIV

In other words, you may be able to survive, to coast, or to fake your spiritual vitality with other people, but you’ll never prosper or succeed in your spiritual calling as long as you cover up unconfessed sin. It will hold you back every time.

At the same time, God is so incredibly merciful that all he asks is for you to be open and transparent with him and have a repentant heart and he’ll pour his mercy out on your life.

One of the more painful exercises I’ve walked through was an inventory of my sins, which I plan to do every few months or so. It’s always healthy to keep short accounts and confess sin immediately, but sometimes it’s necessary to think back through anything I’ve done that might have shut God out of my heart and bring that offense into the light.

And here’s the thing… God wants to show you his mercy! He’s a merciful God. He’s slow to anger and full of compassion and wants to work in your life and bless you with success. So his invitation is wide open.

Open up. Be real before God and hold nothing back and you will experience his grace in undeserved measure and be set free from shame and fear in the process.

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