When I sin, who can forgive it? Jesus! When I have an overwhelming heartache, who can comfort, help, and heal? Jesus. When I am in the depth of despair with seemingly no way out, who do I turn to? Jesus. Who has the answers to all life’s questions? Jesus. Who has defeated Satan, death, and the grave? Jesus.
I take my concerns to the one who can minister to my concerns. Jesus. There is no reason to confess my sins to a man because men cannot fix the problem.
This devotional should remind us to take our needs to Jesus!
I would not make my ear into a common sewer, for all the wealth in the world!
Do you ask, “To whom shall I confess my sins?” Do not come to me with your confession. Oh no, no, no! I could not stand that!
I can never understand how a “Catholic priest” can ask people to confess their sins to him. I would not make my ear into a common sewer, for all the wealth in the world! What foulness must there be on the soul of him who has heard the sins that others have committed, and who knows what sin he has himself committed!
Sin, when we see what it really is, whether in ourselves or in others, horrifies us!
There is an old proverb about a thing being “as filthy as a priest’s ear!” I cannot imagine anything dirtier than that, and I have no wish to be a partaker in the filthiness.
Go to God and confess your sin to Him–pour out your heart’s sad story in the ear of Him against whom you have offended! Say with David, “Against You, You only, have I sinned–and done this evil in Your sight!”
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001