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Confession and Assurance

Psalm 51, NRSV

Reflections

Repentance is not a popular word these days, but I believe that any of us recognize it when it strikes us in the gut. Repentance is coming to our senses, seeing, suddenly, what we’ve done that we might not have done, or recognizing…that the problem is not in what we do but in what we become.
— Kathleen Norris
The Cloister Walk

  • God is like a “bulldog”; He won’t let it go because He wants to see you healed, see you whole
  • 4 principles of repentance
    • You have to see “it” (v4)
      • Is it true guilt or false guilt?
      • Look into your heart? your conscience?
      • Let God educate your conscience thru community and His word
      • See things as God see things
    • Confess it
      • Take responsibility
      • “I have done this”
    • “Melt it” in God’s love and mercy
      • This is where assurance comes in
      • The mentality is similar to “I have done this against my good friend”
    • Forsake it (v10)
  • End Result: Assurance to be free, to be authentic, to be real

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