“Sin weighs a lot.” So Ed Welch says in chapter four of his helpful book, Side By Side. He explains that sometimes suffering might feel like our biggest problem, but it’s not. Sin is. “Sin is the heaviest of weights; forgiveness is the greatest deliverance.” It isn’t always easy to own up to our sin – especially those heinous sins hiding privately in the corners of our hearts. But opening up and confessing our sin to God (and sometimes others) brings blessings. Though there are more, Welch lists three and explains them. The first two are (minus his explanation):
Seeing the weight of our sin drives us to Jesus.
Seeing the weight of our sin brings humility.
Blessing #3 is “Seeing the weight of our sin is the beginning of power and confidence.” Here’s how Welch unpacks the statement:
“…Spiritual power feels like a struggle, or weakness, or neediness, or desperation. It is simply, ‘I need Jesus,’ which is the most powerful thing we can say. It means that our confidence is not in ourselves or in either our righteousness before God or our reputation before others. Our confidence is in Jesus, and that confidence cannot be shaken.”
“Just imagine: no more hiding from God, no more defensiveness in our relationships. When we have wronged others, we simply ask their forgiveness. Our security in Jesus gives us the opportunity to think less often about what others think of us. It gives us freedom to make mistakes and even fail. No longer do we have to build and protect our own freedom.”
“Sin weighs a lot, but those who can see their sins see something good. When we confess these sins, knowing that they are forgiven, we see something better – Jesus himself.”