Daily Retreat Thursday 5 February
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10King James Version (KJV)
If we say, We have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. We must beware of deceiving ourselves in denying or excusing our sins. The more we see them the more we shall esteem and value the remedy. If we deny them, the truth is not in us, either the truth that is contrary to such denial (we lie in denying our sin), or the truth of religion, is not in us. The Christian religion is the religion of sinners, of such as have sinned, and in whom sin in some measure still dwells. The Christian life is a life of continued repentance, humiliation for and mortification of sin, of continual faith in, thankfulness for, and love to the Redeemer, and hopeful joyful expectation of a day of glorious redemption, in which the believer shall be fully and finally acquitted, and sin abolished forever .From: Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible; Matthew Henry (1662 – 1714)
Do you lie to yourself and believe that which you have done is not sin, when deep down you know it is?
Say this prayer or one of your own:
I am so sorry for having offended you and I detest all that I have done wrong, not just because I fear being condemned to hell but most of all because I love you and I truly regret having betrayed your trust and wasted all that you have given me. With your help and support I resolve to confess my sins to you and mankind and I will strive to amend my life and do your will. Amen
Go out into the world in peace;
hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak; help the suffering;
honor everyone; love and serve God;
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!