Read Psalm 32

Lent is a time to do some introspection about our Christian walk.  “None are perfect, no not one,” but we do strive to be more Christ-like.  It is a time to ask the Holy Spirit to help us in this process of sanctification, to manifest the fruits of the Spirit more and more in our lives.  It is a time to dedicate ourselves to Bible reading and prayer.  It is a time to reach out and provide help to others, either financially or with our time and talents.   It is a time to give thanks for God’s mercy and grace, that our sins are forgiven and not counted against us!

Note in the passage from Psalm 32 above, there are also personal benefits to confession.  Blessed – or happy – are those whose transgressions are forgiven! There is a definite mind/body connection, whereby guilt and shame can manifest themselves negatively in us physically. Gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems are just two examples. These are called psychosomatic illnesses – definite physical problems with psychological causes.  No wonder the psalmist was rejoicing in the forgiveness he received from his confession!  May we also rejoice in the forgiveness we receive from a loving, merciful, gracious God!

Father, we are so thankful that if we confess our sins, you are faithful  and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Wesley Howsare

First Christian Church, Moundsville, WV