Archive for February 19th, 2015

Confessing our sins can be a challenge – when we confess we are vulnerable; we are proud and often reluctant to admit our own errors; we often fear the change required to repent from our sins.  Richard Foster states:  “Confession is a difficult discipline for us because we all too often view the believing community as a fellowship of saints before we see it as a fellowship of sinners. We feel that everyone else has advanced so far into holiness that we are isolated and alone in our sin. We cannot bear to reveal our failures and shortcomings to others. We imagine that we are the only ones who have not stepped on to the high road to heaven. Therefore, we hide ourselves from one another and live in veiled lies and hypocrisy.

The sins we try to hide from, however,  are usually the ones that have the most power over us. Our hiding prevents us from trusting relationships with God and with each other.  We need to be honest, both individually and as a Christian community, and acknowledge that we are all sinners.  Confessing allows us to better understand our God and connect with Him and with one another.  Through confession, we can respond to God’s abundant love and forgiveness and we can be a trusting discipleship community where we walk together in our journey with Jesus.  Confession is a means of healing and can transform our spirit.  Through confession we can replace guilt with forgiveness, can recognize our sin and turn from it.  Through confession we can experience the grace of God and build up each other.  By recognizing areas of sin in our lives we can build relationships of trust that allow us to work together as disciples to repent and change.

Psalm 51

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.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence  or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous; in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.


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