Prompt Confession of Sin

“I feel when I have sinned an immediate reluctance to go to Christ. I am ashamed to go. I feel as if it would not do to go, as if it were making Christ the minister of sin, to go straight from the swine-trough to the best robe, and a thousand other excuses. But I am persuaded they are all lies direct from hell. John argues the opposite way—‘If any man sins, we have an advocate with the Father;’ … The holy sensitiveness of the soul that shrinks from the touch of sin, the acute susceptibility of the conscience at the slightest shade of guilt, will of necessity draw the spiritual mind frequently to the blood of Jesus. And herein lies the secret of a heavenly walk. Acquaint yourself with it, my reader, as the most precious secret of your life. He who lives in the habit of a prompt and minute acknowledgement of sin, with his eye reposing calmly, believingly, upon the crucified Redeemer, soars in spirit where the eagle’s pinion [wings] range not.”

Octavius Winslow, No Condemnation in Christ Jesus (Banner of Truth 1853/1991), pp. 79—80.

Posted on July 15, 2009, in BR > Banner of Truth, Confessing sin, Octavius Winslow. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Amen! That very accurately describes me after I have sinned terribly. I have to make a concerted effort to remind myself that there is no condemnation in Christ and to humbly go before his throne of grace and confess and ask forgiveness. When I do that, I usually feel immediately restored, but when I don’t, I can go on for days or more(a la King David after the Bathsheba affair) in a spiritual stupor and melancholy.

  2. How true!

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