In my morning coffee time, I follow the form ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication – in my prayers. This morning, I was in the confession part of the form, and I used the group confession that is used in the Liturgy of the Anglican Church.
Our Maker and our Judge
We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do.
We have not loved you with our whole heart,
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves:
We repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father forgive us,
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
That line, “And in what we have failed to do” really hit me. We often think of sins as things we do wrong – like the big ones such as Murder, Adultery, Theft etc. But, sins can also be those things that we fail to do – either not doing from being afraid, or from not realising that we needed to do. For example, how often do we pass a homeless person in the city, without giving a thought to possibly helping him out by showing him/her some love by buying them a coffee, or a bite to eat.
The beautiful thing is that God forgives our sins, and he doesn’t just pick and choose what sins to forgive, he forgives all of them. Jesus didn’t die to forgive my lieing, or to forgive my eating of Pork, but died to forgive all of them. That doesn’t mean I stop trying to live a sinless life, but when I fail – and I inevitably will – God forgives me, and loves me still.
- The Model Prayer: Forgive Our Debts (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Confession to Absolution (beliefnet.com)