The Joy of Forgiveness

DAY FIVE – APR 18

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin (Psalm 32:1-5).

This song of repentance is in the spirit of thanksgiving and the singer basks in the delight of having been forgiven. The ill effects of living in the silence of denial and deceit stand in sharp contrast to the joy forgiveness for those who can honestly confess their sin. The steady use of the Spiritual Discipline of confession helps us overcome the many and subtle ways we are tempted to fool ourselves and others.

As you focused on confession this week, have you experienced the joy of being forgiven? As Frederick Buechner writes, in Beyond Words, “To confess your sins to God is not to tell God anything God doesn’t already know. Until you confess them, however, they are the abyss between you when you confess them, they become the Golden Gate Bridge.” (Page 65)

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