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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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05/15/2014

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Good For The Soul


"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 Jn.1:8-9).

In the first law of pardon, where a confession is commanded to become a child of God, the confession concerns a belief in Jesus as the Son of God. When a Christians strays in sin, a confession is also needed. This confession is an admission of that sin. The Greek word for confession used in the New Testament is "homologeo." It means that one openly and honestly admits to God that they committed a sin, and is done without coercion, hiding, or offering excuses for that sin... In other words, it is a true humbling of oneself... Have you heard the saying, "confession is good for the soul?" It has often been attributed to a Bible quote, but is not.... Close though... Today's verse infers it, doesn't it... The psalmist wrote: "I have recounted my ways and you answered me" (119:26). Today's verse also implies that since we do sin from time to time, that confession must also be a continuous process. The psalmist also says this: "Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults" (19:12). Wow! We're even supposed to confess about sins that may be unknown to us... The last bit of pardoning advice comes from the pen of James. We know that we are supposed to confess our sins to God, but James ups the ante... "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed" (5:16). There is a reassurance and strengthening that comes with the confidence that someone close to you has your back. So in the Lord's law of pardon toward erring Christians, we are to repent, pray, and confess. It allows us to take advantage of the wonderful grace that is available to us... My soul feels better already...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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