Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Confession Is Good for the Soul

Regret is not the same as repentance, even though it may be a stop on the way. It is possible to reach the conclusion that God considers a thing wrong, and even regret or rue that it’s been done, but that is not the same as actually seeing it the same way that God does. For the one who sees what God says, but does not see what God sees, what else beside Romans 7 can be his or her lot? Overcoming, undoubtedly, will not be!

Regret can never be the source of victorious, overcoming behavior in the future. Even if determined action is taken against regretted behavior, it merely ends up attaching a collar and leash to a wild leopard. It does not and cannot change its spots. The imposition of an alien viewpoint cleanses the soul no better that sweeping rubbish under a carpet cleans the house. To function effectively, our transplanted hearts must transform our DNA to match it's own, so to speak.

As long as we dwell in earthy tents, our agreement with God will not be perfect, for the possibility of being overwhelmed by desire or desperation will exist until the last vestiges of a soul/spirit/body born out of whack are put off for one that wasn’t. Nonetheless, actual agreement with "God in us" is what most ensures our ability to live above the baseness of the nature we were born with.

When confession is limited in scope to an admission of the facts, the necessary ingredient in overcoming will be missed— we need to see it the same way as God does, not just say it the same way. In such agreement, there is no sense of imposition or burden. Therefore, if overcoming is the goal, the effort to be made is not in caging the wild beast, but in changing his or her perspective. When done in that light, confession is truly good for the soul.