Confession and Cleansing
fifth-century sinner, a forgiven sinner.
CONFESSION AND CLEANSING
By humble devotion return is made to you, and you cleanse us from our evil
ways, and are merciful to the sins of those who confess to you, and
graciously hear the groans of those shackled by sin, and you free them from
the chains that we have made for ourselves. This you do, if we do not raise
up against you the horns of a false liberty, in avarice of having more and in
danger of losing everything, and in putting more love upon our own personal
good than upon you, the good of all that is.
— Augustine of Hippo (354-430) from THE CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE,
translated by John K. Ryan. Garden City, New York: Image Books, 1960, p. 89.
[Take a look at Jesus’ words about confession and forgiveness:
Luke 18: 9-14 in his story about the Pharisee and the Publican, "God, be
merciful to me, the sinner!"
Matthew 6:12 in the model prayer — "And forgive us our debts, as we also have
forgiven our debtors."]
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary