“We have sinned, even as our fathers did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.” (Psalm 106:6)
I have had people ask why confession is a requirement. My simple answer is that we must take responsibility for our sin. We do not blame previous generations or other people, it is our sin. First, though we must be come before come repenting of our sins. This means we must truthfully and earnestly desire not to commit the same sin again. God looks at our hearts to see if we are indeed repentant of our sins, before He can forgive us of our sins.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You know us better than we know ourselves. In my tradition, we ask God to forgive us our our sins, even the ones we don’t even remember! I have even taken it a step further and asked Him to show me my sins, that I don’t remember and He has. It was both startling and unnerving to look at myself and what I did, and yet He forgave me of all of my mistakes, my language used, my sins against my loved ones and even others. It was a sobering time that I felt ashamed and almost sick at my stomach; yet He forgave me anyway. So this day, I pray for myself for all others who need to empty themselves of whatever may be holding yourself from confessing your sins; maybe thinking you are not worthy or that He will think less of us. Beloved, God loves us more than You can ever know, and we honor Him by opening our hearts completely to Him and seek His forgiveness of all that we have done, and then leave yourself open to forgive yourself, as well. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Christians are not perfect—-Just forgiven.”
“Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” (2nd Corinthians 9:13)
Confessing the good news about Christ should be accompanied with such obedience that it causes others to praise God. Obedience here was liberal participation in the collection for the poor saints in Jerusalem. Why do we as Christians obediently serve God by sharing resources with other people? It’s not to try and “work our way to heaven,” because that is not how you get in the kingdom. It is so other people may see God’s grace in our lives and praise God. Christians should be so devoted to God that all praise is directed towards Him.
“Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.” (Micah 7:9)
A stricken nation returns to her only hope, God Himself. In times of moral confusion and rebellion, the faithful can still turn to God in hope. Repentance and confession of sin do not guarantee immediate escape from trouble. God removes His disciplining judgment when He chooses. We can depend on Him to establish justice ultimately.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Isaiah sad this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him. Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. Bu because of he Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” (John 12:41-43)
The glory of God dazzled Isaiah (Isaiah 6). The glory of the Father is also the glory of the Son, so Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory. Jesus fulfilled the hard message of rejection and the glorious promises of he prophet.
Confession is sometimes hindered by fear of what others may do to us. Many Jews believed in Jesus, but the Pharisees, were more afraid of losing their praise from the people, and the positions that lifted them up over the people. By confessing belief in Jesus would most probably have all their worldly positions and wealth for their belief. We should seek to build a community which encourages persons to confess their faith in Christ first and foremost, before anything or anyone else. God had a plan for us long before we were even born, and nothing will change that plan. He loves us too much.