Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Confess and Forsake

Proverbs 28:13  "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."

SC 37  "The conditions of obtaining mercy of God are simple and just and reasonable.  The Lord does not require us to do some grievous thing in order that we may have the forgiveness of sin.  We need not make long and wearisome pilgrimages, or perform painful penances, to commend our souls to the God of heaven or to expiate our transgressions; but he that confesseth and forsaketh his sin shall have mercy.
     The apostle says, 'confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that ye may be healed.' James 5:16.  Confess your sins to God, who only can forgive them, and your faults to one another.  If you have given offense to your friend or neighbor, your are to acknowledge your wrong, and it his duty to freely forgive you.  Then you are to seek the forgiveness of God, because the brother you have wounded is the property of God, and in injuring him you have sinned against his Creator and Redeemer.  The case is brought before the only true Mediator, our great High Priest, who 'was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin,' and who is 'touched  with the feeling of our infirmities,' and is able to cleanse from every stain of iniquity.  Hebrews 4:15.

I feel so clean after confessing a wrong done to someone else.  I long for the forgiveness of God and I know when I have done my part, He will do His.  What a wonderful way to live.  I love it.  Grandma Joan

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