“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9
Not only was this one of the lessons for Sunday 4/8, one of our middle school students in class made the connection when he asked, “Don’t we say this on Sunday morning in worship?” Yes. For some of our liturgies this is part of our confession. We as Christians don’t have a leg
up on others because we are better or holier; no, not at all. But we have been shown the way to repair our relationship with God and others. We’ve been instructed to clean our own houses. To confess in confidence that the truth will set us free and our gracious God stands ever more ready to forgive us than we are to confess. This act of confession frees us from our past, encourages and empowers us to make amends where possible, and allows us to move freely into the future – – carrying less weight on our shoulders and heaviness in our hearts.
God’s peace & hope, Pastor Jon