Devotional Reading for the Day: I John 1: 1-10*
Text: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (v. 8)
In our weekly worship service we include a prayer called the Confession of Sin and an Assurance of Pardon or Forgiveness. The Confession of Sin is for the world as well as for ourselves. Like the ancient prophet Isaiah we live amongst a people and in a world with “unclean lips.” (Isaiah 6:5)
From time to time someone say that the “Confession of Sin” is depressing. It’s something that we should not include in worship. I’ve never found it depressing but, rather an exercise in honesty and humility. And frankly, we could use a little more of each right now.
No one is perfect. If we think we are, those nearest and dearest to us can straighten us out on that count! All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) We participate in evil intentionally and unintentionally, through neglect as well as well-meaning but misguided attention. We can’t help it. We are broken people living in a broken world. And this brokenness is why Jesus came into the world; to extricate us from brokenness; our separation from one another as well as from God.
Health–spiritual and physical–being begins with honesty.
Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
Lord, forgive us our debts and our trespasses. Amen.
*I am sorely tempted to write a Glimpse on the Gospel lesson assigned for today in the Common Lectionary and may write an evening entry. But, I John is such a wonderful letter with so many practical teachings.