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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Confession, 1

Within Evangelical Christianity, confession is an act far too suppressed. Books like Lamentations are set aside as relics of an ancient time, long past and of little value. Here is an excerpt from Lamentations which resounds deep within me now:

20 See, O LORD, how distressed I am;
     my stomach churns,
my heart is wrung within me,
     because I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword bereaves;
     in the house it is like death.

21 They heard how I was groaning,
     with no one to comfort me.
All my enemies heard of my trouble;
     they are glad that you have done it.
Bring on the day you have announced,
     and let them be as I am.
Lamentations 1.20-21 (NRSV)

Having confessed to God, the Father of lights, the Star-Breather, the Creator of all things, and to my loving and forgiving fiancée, Julie, I now confess to each of you. I wrote several days ago of my struggle with porn, and it is in this I have failed. I ask of you your prayers on my behalf, for forgiveness is also something with which I struggle. May we ever be growing in the grace of our God and Savior, who is constantly at work in us to bring about our salvation for himself (cf. Philippians 2.12-13; Titus 2.11-14).

Grace and peace.

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