Sunday, February 26, 2017

Patmore: seeing my sin

Sunday, February 26, 2017
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
    —1 John 1:9-10 (NIV)
    We must confess our sins in order to obtain pardon; but we must see our sins in order to confess. How few of those who think that they have confessed and been pardoned have ever seen their sin!
    ... Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), The Rod, the Root, and the Flower [1895], London: G. Bell and Sons, 1907, p. 221 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 1:9-10; Lev. 26:40-42; 1 Sam. 15:22; Ps. 32:5; 38:18; 51:2-3,7; Isa. 1;11-17; Luke 15:18-21; Jas. 5:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me, for I cannot bear to look at my sin.
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