Tearing Down The Wall Of Failure - The One Year Love Language Minute Devotional
Tearing Down the Wall of Failure
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:1-2 (NIV)
YESTERDAY WE TALKED about identifying the past failures in your relationship. Today I want to talk about confessing the failures. Both of you know that there is a wall between you. So why not tear down the wall?
Once you’ve made a list of the ways in which you have failed your spouse, confess these things to God. Psalm 51, written after King David’s greatest moral failure—committing adultery with Bathsheba and conspiring to murder her husband—offers a heartfelt model for confession. Thank God that Christ has paid the penalty for your sins, and ask him to forgive you.
Next, go to your spouse and confess your failures. Confession says, “I was wrong. I’m sorry. I know that I hurt you, and I don’t want to do that again. Will you forgive me?” True confession opens the door to the possibility of forgiveness. When you have been offered forgiveness, your side of the wall is torn down. If your spouse is also willing to confess and receive forgiveness, the entire wall can be demolished, and your marriage can move forward.
Father, I confess my sins to you—sins of selfishness, impatience, and lack of love, among others. Thank you for your promise of forgiveness. Please give me the strength to confess also to my spouse, whom I have hurt greatly.