It is doubtful whether the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States could have been written under the glare of modern publicity. Those men had time to reflect, to think. In this phantom era of ghostwriters, no wonder the speeches have no body to them! Gadgets and gimmicks abound, but nothing born of meditation. How many speeches out of Washington, how much of the torrent of drivel on television, how much of modern music, and, alas! How many sermons bear the marks of quiet thought?
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
“If we confess our sins” – sins of omission, the things we should do but are not doing; sins of commission, the things we should not do but are doing; sins of disposition, sins of the spirit, so often overlooked in our emphasis on sins of the body; and doubtful things. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
Confession should be accompanied by renunciation – “and forsaketh them.” “If my people shall …turn from their wicked ways.” Someone has said, “We cannot expect God to take away our sins by forgiving them if we will not put them away by forsaking them.” All too often there is a cheap and easy confession of sin: “We have done many things we should not have done, and have left undone many things which we should have done.” Who hasn’t? such confession does not forsake sin and turn from wicked ways.
Have you made a clean break with your sins and burned the bridges behind you?