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Read 1 John 1:8-10 —2 Peter 3:9 (NRSV)

The patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

I am an old man, soon to be 87. I’ve been a baptized Christian for over 60 years. In my daily devotions, I ask God to help me grow in my relationship with Christ.

There are four steps I take to grow in my faith: awareness, confession, repentance, and acceptance of forgiveness. Following these actions has brought me joy.

First, I became aware of a mental and emotional sin I had lived with so long that it no longer stood out in my spiritual inventory. I was somewhat shocked that I hadn’t dealt with it sooner. But after mulling over this troubling situation, I realized I must confess it to God—which I did.

After I had confessed it to God in prayer, I realized that I had to reject this old mental and emotional sin. So I repented, resolved to turn around 180 degrees in my mental and emotional behavior. Then I asked God to help me keep true to my new commitment. Even though I believed that God had forgiven me, I had to accept that forgiveness as an expression of God’s love and grace. Slowly letting go of the past, I was filled with joy. Thank God!

Prayer—Open our eyes, O God, to any persistent sin of which we are not aware. Help us to confess that sin, repent, and accept your forgiveness. Amen.

Thought for the Day—When we confess and repent, God is eager to forgive our sins.

(Fred Cloud, Tennessee)

Date: 1/27/2014


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