While speaking to a friend, Donald Miller said: “The entire world is falling apart because nobody will admit they are wrong.”*
Whenever I say that to people—either in person or in a group—I see heads nodding. Generally speaking, people don’t like to admit they are wrong. It makes them look… well… wrong.
And we prefer to be right, don’t we?
But confession is a big part of prayer. It’s telling God what we’ve done wrong and then asking him to forgive us. It’s also re-committing to live in faith, hope and love.
The fact that we are forgiven in Christ, should change us. Colossians 3:13 spells it out: “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Is there someone you’ve wronged? Is there a commandment you’ve broken?
There are days when I really resonate with Miller’s statement—that the whole world seems to be falling apart because nobody will admit they’re wrong. But that isn’t us—or, at least, it shouldn’t be.
We admit our faults—to others, and especially to God—and then seek to live differently because of the grace we’ve been given.
With humility and honesty, with forgiveness and friendship.
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
–Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003), 53.