“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin.
All hope consists in confession.
In confession, there is a chance for mercy.
Believe it firmly,
do not doubt,
do not hesitate,
never despair of the mercy of God.”
St. Isidore of Seville
(one of the many confessionals inside of St. Peter’s Bascillica / Rome, Itlay / Julie Cook / 2018)
Confession, it is said, is good for the soul.
And I must say, I agree.
Confession comes readily to some.
For others, not so much.
It can be the swallowing of one’s pride, position or place.
To confess is to become less than the ego, less than self…
it means to become humble before all or simply before God…but most likely before both.
It is the ability to admit wrongdoing or a habitual shortcoming.
It is often hard and difficult and yet, it is so utterly obvious.
Mercy rests in confession, as well as Grace.
May we seek Mercy.
May we seek Grace
“When we are living in the world, we can easily take on the mindset of a secular society.
It is important for us to cultivate in our lives, with great care,
God’s way of looking at things and life in general.
His Word guides us.”
Rev. Thomas J. Donaghy, p. 22
An Excerpt From
Inspirational Thoughts for Everyday
During my morning prayers this morning, I was prompted to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me any unconfessed sin so that I could repent. And now, you post this…
James wrote that we should confess our sins to one another. One group of Christians turned that into a requirement, and as a result other Christians say that we should confess only to God, not to another person. But voluntary confession is a blessing to Christians that should neither be demanded and enforced nor taken away. J.
I’m particularly impressed by this “it means to become humble before all or simply before God…but most likely before both.” Those of us who have snuggled up in the Lord’s arms aren’t particularly bothered to confess to him. To others? A different and important matter. And, I believe, necessary unless someone else is hurt by my confession. Good post, Julie.
Thank you Oneta— isn’t that the truth— we can readily and easily confess to our God who we cannot see— but it’s a entirely different matter with those whom we do see