I’ve always believed that confession was not for God’s purpose but for our own. God already knows everything I’ve done. I’m not going to surprise Him by confessing something He doesn’t know. Confession has to be for the purpose of reminding me just how much I need God. It reminds me that I am a sinner. It reminds me that I’m forgiven. It also reminds me that God is a good God.

My friend Billy Wilson turned me on to Micah 7:18 a couple of years ago. It has become a rock in my spiritual foundation. “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight in showing mercy.”

Did you catch that last part? Here it is again with emphasis, “God delights in showing mercy.” To me that’s utterly amazing. God not only is willing to forgive me, but delights in doing so!

I’ve often wondered if my confession to God, who delights in showing mercy, goes something like this …

With shame in my tone because I don’t want to disappoint God I say to Him, “Father I need to tell you something about myself that I’m not proud of. I need to tell you that I’m … I’m … I’m a…”

God then says excitedly, “I forgive you, Trey.”

I say, “But God I didn’t even get out what I was trying to tell you. I’m having a hard time
getting this out, and You jumped in there a little early. I was trying to tell you that I’m a … I am a …”

God cuts in and says eagerly, “Yes Trey, you’re forgiven.”

“Father,” I say, “Can I finish, please? I need to tell you that I’m a …”

God says with delight in His voice, “Trey, I forgive you!”

“But God,” I say, “I didn’t even get a chance to finish. Please, let me finish.”

God says, “Okay, go ahead.”

So I say, “Father, Father, I’m a … I’m a …. sinner. I have sinned.”

God says, “Trey, I already knew that and I already forgave you.”

With relief in my voice I say, “Father, you are SO good to me. Thank you Father.”

God says, “Anytime Trey. You are MORE than welcome. Just don’t ever forget that I delight in showing mercy.”

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  1. Falantedios says:

    When you talk to a close friend, you might chit-chat for a few minutes, but then it usually gets down to matters of the heart.

    I believe the same is true with God.

    Further, I believe that confession between believers is a lost and beautiful discipline. To be able to be Christ for one another… to verbalize and incarnate the forgiveness of God to our brothers and sisters… to be able to receive such grace is a practice that I encourage among my local family.

    in HIS love,

  2. Tim Archer says:

    I think that Psalm 32 definitely shows that confession is for us, not for God. We need to tell Him, partly because we need to tell ourselves as well.

    Grace and peace,

    P.S.–Dear Blogger/Google… I hate the fact that you make me use my Google account for this!

  3. Shane Coffman says:

    Confession is vital because God opposes the proud, and gives His grace to the humble.

  4. Andre Nunes says:

    I think we are so often cloud by the thoughts of Satan and that we start thinking that God can’t forgive this, He makes you think you have gone over you limit of confession, and you feel helpless and don’t realize that the Wonderful, Almighty God is right there, all you have to do is look and believe that he truly delights on his mercy. Its just like the story of the lost son that comes back to his father after he has spent his inheritance and Father takes him in with open arms and show mercy with such delight he sets up a banquet for his son’s return.
    Thanks Trey

  5. mmlace says:

    Great post, Trey. Sometimes my conversations with God feel that way…thanks for sharing.

  6. Dee O'Neil Andrews says:

    Thanks for this post, Trey. I needed to read it.

    Much love,


  7. Anonymous says:

    Brandon is my name, 30 year old Christian man seeking Wife!

    need I say more? 😛

    ps. Michigan is my Home!

  8. preacherman says:

    Excellent post Trey. Thanks brother!
    Kinney Mabry

  9. David Kirk says:

    Thank you Trey. I’m glad He forgives me … and delights in doing so!

  10. Justin says:

    I started to tear up on this one Trey. I love reading about God’s mercy, and I think we all need reminded of that constantly. The devil spends a lot of time beating us down and making us feel like it’s a chore for God to forgive us, but this post has shut the devil up!

  11. AncientWanderer says:

    Just stopped by to say hello.

  12. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Nice Post Trey

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