(This thought is a companion to a previous thought: When We commit Sin)
When we confess our sins unto the Lord our God
with a broken and contrite heart of repentance,
He forgives us of our sin's wicked offense against Him;
He removes the fire of His anger and the heaviness of His chastening from us;
He cleanses our soul thoroughly of our sin's disgusting filthiness,
so that our soul is made perfectly pure and white;
He works to renew the spirit of our mind and to transform the character of our heart
from spiritual corruption unto His righteousness;
He frees our heart from the influence of our flesh and the devil,
so that we might follow after the influence of His Spirit and His Word;
and He sows the seeds of His abundant grace in our lives,
to choke out the seeds of destruction that we have sown by our sinfulness.
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him;
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid.
I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD;
and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say,
Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD;
and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you:
for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity,
and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?
He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities;
and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy;
I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth:
for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him:
I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him:
I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near,
saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Posted in Thought for Meditation, Repentance of Sin, Forgiviness of Sin, Grace and Mercy of God, Spiritual Revival