The freedom to seek a personal relationship with Jesus is central to my faith. Seeing our Lord and Creator as a close friend and confidant who stands by me constantly is a fundamental need I have for my church to support. This belief is deeply central to who I am.
In a prayer we say each Sunday, we express the acknowledgment of our sins:
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your Name. Amen.
With Jesus by our side we appeal to a merciful, forgiving Father in heaven who loves us, knowing we have only to ask and forgiveness will be granted us, and we will enter back into communion with our Lord with delight. It is wonderful and joyous to ask for forgiveness in this way. We are such children of privilege, basking in the warmth of God’s love. I love this way of seeing ourselves in communion with our Lord.
We do live in a world of privilege. Our bold proclamation that Jesus is our personal Lord and Savior is deeply inspirational. Seeing ourselves freely in communion with our Lord can set free the beautiful grace that achieves the Lord’s work in the world. The Lord is all good and deserving of all our love.
It is truly evidence of His presence in our lives that we are able to from time to time achieve His glory through our complicated journey in life. Without His steady hand guiding us, we would lose our direction. Finding what is right is a simple matter of keeping our ears open and hearing His voice. That is why, “I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, that I may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your Name. Amen”