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Is Confession Good For The Soul?


"But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Take hold to the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses" (1 Tim.6:11-12).

You have probably heard the term that "confession is good for the soul..." It is not a biblical quote and from the limited research I did, I think it is an old Scottish one... In today's verses, Paul is admonishing his protege, Timothy, that he needed to recall the commitment he had made to the Lord. If you want to know what he was to flee from, you will have to read the previous verses of chapter six. Just a hint, they were about material ambitions... To remember his confession, was to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who made it before Pilate when asked whether or not He was a king... "You are right in saying that I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" (Jn.18:37). The Christian life can sometimes be a struggle that requires one to "fight the good fight of faith." There is hardly a time when the world does not try to pull us back into its clutches. Paul urged Timothy and us that it is in faith that we deny the material ambitions that drive many people, and pursue righteousness and good living instead. We can follow Timothy's good confession of faith just as he followed Jesus'. I would contend that it is the source of a well-ordered life, but that it takes self-discipline... As we follow today's verses to their logical conclusion, we're reminded that both teacher and student are on their path to eternal life. By keeping the commandments of the One we have confessed, we each hope to be "unspotted and blameless until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ..." Hmmmmmm... Maybe confession is good for the soul...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:1

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