Confession and the Pure in Heart

Here is a post from two years ago that is appropriate for any time. I was reading Lamentations this morning and came across this exhortation: “Let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn again in repentance to the LORD.” Repentance is a beautiful gift that allows us to be restored to a pure heart and clean conscience before God and man.

Ruth E. Stitt

I’m so grateful that God gave us a way to stay forgiven, clean, pure, and righteous. It’s called confession. It’s ironic that what often causes the most trouble in our lives and relationships also serves as the mechanism for healing and release. It is the words we speak, our confession to God and to those we have offended or sinned against.

The wise founders of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous recognized the importance of this when they included Step 5: We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”  James exhorted believers to “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5-16). Without confession there is no path to forgiveness and restoration.

David wrote, “When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long…Finally…

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