One day British newspaper publisher and politician William Beverbook was in the washroom of Parliament when he ran into Edward Heath, a member of Parliament, whom he had trashed the day before in an editorial. When Beverbook saw Heath, he apologized by saying, “I’ve been thinking it over, and what I said about you in my editorial was wrong, so here and now, I wish to apologize.” “Very well, Heath responded, “But the next time, please insult me in the washroom and apologize in your newspaper!” Heath obviously was not impressed with Beverbook’s bathroom confession. Heath clearly wanted more than words, he wanted actions that would help reverse some of the damage Berverbook’s slanderous article had caused.
In today’s lesson, we will explore the subject of confession as we look at John’s often-quoted verse on confession — 1 John 1:9. And we might very well discover that God is much more interested in our acts of repentance than He is our closet confessions!