06 Nov Heart to Heart with God: Day 156_Our Confessions
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015
Day 156- Richmond, Virginia: Our Confessions
Being open and honest with ourselves about the sins that we have committed is probably one of the most difficult aspects of our relationship with God and when we think about trying to confess our sins to someone else it can be even that much more difficult to grasp. Many people do not believe in practicing the Act of Contrition or the confession of our sins to a priest or anyone else for that matter. However, asking God for mercy and forgiveness is the exact remedy to our problems.
There has always been a debate going on about whether or a not someone else needs to know about our sins, when the truth is that we can go directly to our Father in Heaven, through Jesus, in order for us sins to be forgiven immediately. First, we must realize that there is a difference between asking to be forgiven for a sin and repenting for the Commandments we have broken against God and ourselves. Being able to understand the difference is key. What is the point of telling another human what we have done wrong, if we cannot even talk to God about our failures in private?
Having an open mind and clear heart is the first step to a true Act of Contrition to God. We are not perfect and if we feel comfortable professing our sins and asking to be forgiven through a vehicle that God has provided us, what is the harm? There is none from many people’s perspectives, and in the eyes of many religious groups around the world. The reality is whatever God puts on our hearts is what we should do to maintain our faith.
Some people may feel comfortable communicating with God one way and others may feel more comfortable talking to Him in another way. The point is that we must all confess our sins to God in our own way, and the truth of the matter is that as long as our intentions are pure, we will be forgiven. God knows when we are sincere and when we are just going through the motions without true sorrow for what we have done wrong. From Romans: “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED”. Amen.
Reflection Day #156
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: