“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
- Hebrews 8:12
As we enter this new year resolutions are abounding! We make resolutions that we endeavor to keep in the months to come. The problem, of course, is that we do not always keep these as we should…An honest admission of sins is in order as we approach our God. So it is that we come clean in order to be cleansed! As we gather together, we firstly fall to our knees to confess our failings before him. We are after all, sinners in the presence of the only Savior.
So we confess together. Take for example, the familiar confession of sins from Setting three of the Divine Service. “I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities
with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.” We are “miserable sinners” meaning ones in need of mercy. We confess ALL our sins with which we have EVER offended him and that we are heartily sorry and sincerely repent before him…No wonder there is silence provided for reflection before our God in this time!
What a way to begin before our God each week, each day, beginning with a simple honest admission of guilt before him. We come clean in order to be cleansed! So also personal confession is offer