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Archive for August 22nd, 2020

Confession

Meditation

Excerpted from the “Renewing Hope” Bible study produced by Gospel Light.

Sin is not a popular concept in today’s society—even among those who call themselves Christians. It is so much easier to soft-soap our disobedience, calling it a mistake or a human weakness, than to call it what it really is: an affront against a just and holy God. Yet until we reach the point where we are willing to call sin, sin, there is no hope for forgiveness. No matter how distasteful confession may seem, confession is the only pathway to a restored relationship with God.

For many of us, confession brings up images of groveling and humiliation, being demeaned and shamed because we did not measure up to the unrealistic expectations of others. Confession brings up images of admitting wrong, or feeling like a failure because we didn’t measure up to the world’s yardstick. But true confession is none of those things.

Simply put, confession is agreeing with God. Rather than soft soaping sin and calling God a liar, we tell Him that He was right and we were wrong. Our Father really did know best! Daily confession is an integral part of a right relationship with God. Only when we have admitted our sins, which separate us from a just and holy God, can we once again be restored to an unbroken fellowship with the source of all goodness and blessing. Confession is not humiliation! It is part of the spiritual discipline of taking proper care of ourselves.

Prayer

From “The Book of Common Prayer,” first published in 1549 and undergone numerous updates, it serves as a book of prayer for Anglican churches. It serves as a basis for prayer books for other Protestant denominations as well.

Merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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