This week, we dug deep in the soil, revealing your underground network of sin. It’s hard realizing those little sins, which at first may seem so easily pulled out, are not so easily weeded as it seemed. It can feel defeating.
But we serve a God of love and faithfulness and mercy.
The work is difficult and vulnerable, but God has not left us alone. He has given us sisters and brothers in Christ, and, above all, he has given us the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” We do this with God’s strength alongside God’s people for God’s glory. And we do this for our eternal good, which is wrapped up in God’s eternal, good kingdom.
Reflect back on your particular sin struggle. Is it a behavior or reaction that creeps up on you? A thought pattern you can’t seem to break? How are you trying to run from it? How are you trying to hide it from others? How are you trying to justify it?
Take a moment to confess your sin before God:
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts . . . We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done . . . O Lord, have mercy upon us.1
This sin is not unique to you. You are not alone, and you are not special in it. Who are you going to tell about this struggle this week? Find a trusted Christian friend or group of friends, confess your sin, and pray for one another.
God wants to take this burden from you, but it takes work. It requires your commitment and God’s strength. When you mess up, and you will, take it straight to God. “His mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations 3:22). God has made you. He knows you. And he is remaking you.
1 Book of Common Prayer (Huntington Beach, CA: Anglican Liturgy Press, 2019), 12.