I just read part of an interview with Debbie Harry, the lead singer of the band Blondie, where she said, “Well, I’m not so much a person who deals with facts as much as feelings.” What a statement! This seems to be where many Christians I know live as well.
Recently I’ve heard more than one person, Christians mind you, say they have said or done something that bothered them deeply. While anyone with the slightest bit of a conscience would agree we’ve all been there; could it be we are looking for a feeling rather than trusting in the facts?
The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ and him crucified is enough to deal with our trespasses and sins. In fact we’re told “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Notice what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say he will give us a feeling of confirmation to go along with the forgiveness.
While humans were created to think and feel, thoughts and feelings don’t get the final word. If in fact the Bible is the Word of God, and I believe it is, we have to trust what it says, even when our feelings don’t confirm it. While feeling forgiven would be nice we can’t always count on it. If we’re holding out for a feeling we may be committing yet another sin, the sin of unbelief.
When a Christian commits a sin they are instructed to confess it to God. Confessing means agreeing with God, in other words, he shows us we’ve sinned and we agree with him saying, “Your’e absolutely right God that was wrong of me…thank you for the forgiveness and cleansing you have provided for me in your Son Jesus Christ.” Of course there’s a good chance you need to go to someone and make things right with them too. “If we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another”, but for now let’s just stay focused on the matter at hand.
After the sin and confession we are to continue our walk in the Spirit trusting Christ to be ever present just as he has promised. When we fail to do so, instead walking around in self-hatred and condemnation, it proves we don’t really believe in Christ’s provision. The truth is that’s what’s called unbelief. I know that’s a harsh thing to say, but what else could it be? If we have confessed the sin, and God’s promise is to forgive and cleanse us, why don’t we trust that? I’ll tell you why, because we,like Debbie Harry, are not people “who deal with facts as much as feelings.”
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)