This Sunday my focus is on Confession. As Lent is a time for self-examination, I believe we do need to look closely at our condition and what caused Jesus to go to the cross. If we are open and honest we will find how we have missed the mark in living in God's ways. Will we even admit that there are things for which we are not aware and have grieved God?
We have these words in Scripture: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:8-9
Confession can be corporate or individualistic. Our Sunday morning worship makes use of corporate confession. However, your own personal confession will also assist you in this season. It is bringing to mind specific sins for which you realize you have grieved God.
As we do admit our sin, we also can find forgiveness. Our brokenness can be overcome. We then can know in the words of Psalm 51, "the joy of our salvation."
I would invite you to make use of this discipline in this season of the church.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Do you make use of confession often in your own personal devotions?
How might you make use of the discipline of confession during this time of Lent?