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Thoughts and Reflections

Forgiveness

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgConfession is key to forgiveness. Saying we are sorry for what we have done is important – but – remember – confession is more than merely saying words. True confession involves repentance that requires three things – confession – grieving – and turning from sin.

I’ve often said that we sin in specifics so we ought to confess in specifics. If we lost our temper – we should confess that we have lost our temper – and not just something as simple as – Lord – forgive me for all of my sins.

Naming our sins actually helps us with the grieving process. If we remember our sins – and remind ourselves what it is that we did wrong – it might bring back memories that we wish to avoid in the future. For example – if we hurt our child by saying something – simply asking for God to forgive our sins is a cope out. Remembering the look on our child’s face brings back the hurt they felt and that we felt when we sinned. Going to the child and apologizing – in specifics – will also help us remember and grieve our sin.

After confessing our sin and going through the grieving process – we need to turn from our sin – turn away from the sin – and turn toward God. Sinning – confessing – and falling right back into the sin is a vicious cycle that can lead to pain and unforgiveness. When we turn from our sin – we turn toward God and seek His face while desiring His grace.

Try this with your sins dear readers and see if God will not give you a fresh start and feeling. Forgiveness is not something that is liturgically achieved but rather it is experiential – relational – with your walk in the Lord.  Forgiveness is a gift from God – but it requires a humility from us – turning our hearts toward God with true confession.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 1, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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