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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

GREAT LENT - Day 26: Friday

"I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Accuse me, let us go to trial; set forth your case, so that you may be proved right." (Isaiah 43:25-26)

In general, we find it difficult to confess and accept our wrongdoings. To confess by saying, "Forgive me, I was wrong," signifies weakness. However, avoiding these important words deprives us of the blessings a confession brings. A wound that receives care begins healing. We deprive ourselves of God's healing when we keep our wounds in the dark without confessing our wrongs.

In today's passage, through the Prophet Isaiah, God urges us to confess our wrongdoings to be found righteous. A sin that is kept in the dark without confession brings forth shame and guilt. This emotion robs us of our peace and deprives us of joy, impacting our physical and spiritual health.

The Psalmist best describes this truth: "While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long" (Psalm 32:3). Unless a person confesses their wrongdoing, they will not find the peace to move forward. For this reason, we submit to God our confessions. As the Psalmist states: "Then I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "' will confess my transgressions to the Lord,' and You forgave the guilt of my sin." (Psalm 32:5)

Indeed, it is through confession that we are to receive God's forgiveness, which then grants peace to our troubled hearts. Whatever our sins may be, come and let us confess them to our Lord, seek His forgiveness, and only then will we find healing and freedom. As the Apostle John says, "If we confess our sins, He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

Therefore, if a sin has burdened you, go to church, confess your sins, and receive God's forgiveness. You will then experience divine peace that surpasses all understanding.

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