Hesitant to Confess? Jesus will be Gentle!

Scott Benson

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.” - Hebrew 5:2
“God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.” (NLT) - Romans 5:20

Often we are hesitant to confess our sin before God. Severe images of disapproving parents or other authority figures easily come to mind when we begin to anticipate the kind of reception we might receive from God when we admit our sin. But just as Hebrews 4:14-16 reassured us of Christ’s solidarity with us in our pain and weakness, Hebrews 5:2 now shows us the gentle spirit with which He will welcome all who humbly come before Him. Dane Ortlund comments:

When Hebrews 5:2 says that Jesus “is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and going astray" (i.e., accidental and willful sins), the point is that Jesus deals gently and only gently with all sinners who come to him, irrespective of their particular offense and just how heinous it is. What elicits tenderness from Jesus is not the severity of the sin but whether the sinner comes to him.

When we sin, we are encouraged to bring our mess to Jesus because he will know just how to receive us. He doesn't handle us roughly. He doesn't scowl and scold. He doesn't lash out, the way many of our parents did. All this restraint on his part is not because he has a diluted view of our sinfulness. He knows our sinfulness far more deeply than we do. His restraint simply flows from his tender heart for his people … He deals gently with us.... It's the only way he knows how to be.” (Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers, p. 54-55, 57)


Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. Is it hard to believe that Jesus will deal gently with you when you confess your sin? If so, why?  
  2. What, if anything, makes you hesitant today to confess your sin? 
  3. Are you open to experiencing Jesus’ tenderness with you as you confess?  
  4. Take the opportunity now to confess any sin in your life. 

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John 13:6-10, Acts 3:19-20
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