Sunday, 27 October 2013

Confession

Our courteous Lord does not want his servants to despair even if they fall frequently or grievously. Our falling does not stop him loving us. Julian of Norwich
This helpful quote comes in the book I am currently reading, The art of prayer by Timothy Jones. After initial chapters encouraging the believer to accept the simplicity of prayer, and the need for quietness of soul, he moves on practically to the different aspects of prayer. And so his chapter, Facing our failings:Confession and repentance, begins with the quote from Julian of Norwich. Jones goes onto say,
Admitting in prayer what plagues my conscience, or nags at my peace, or destroys my relationships with others, helps me deal with places that need forgiveness and purifying. I am learning that confession is a wonderful way to keep my relationship with God clean and uncluttered. Confession is where my tender conscience and the love of I'd meet.
 And those wonderful words from the New Testament,

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1.9 
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