Saturday, February 18, 2006

Laundry Room Confessional

I love ironing. It's probably one of my favorite household "chores". I know many people that abhor the task, but for me there is something beautiful about taking a wrinkled shirt, using extreme heat and transforming the shirt into "like-new" condition. (Almost like what God does with us in the process of sanctification.)

Back in December, we were given a sheet about Sins of Commission, which I propped against the window in my laundry room. It has given me much to think about as I work away at the pile of clothes that sometimes accumulate. Thought I'd share it with you, in case you also have many wrinkles to work out with God. Blessings, sisters.

Sins of Commission - "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." Proverbs 29:13

WORLDLINESS: How have you regarded your worldly possessions? Have you looked at them as really yours - as if you had a right to dispose of them as you own, according to your own will? If you have loved property, and sought after it for its own sake, or to gratify lust and ambition or a worldly spirit, you have sinned.

PRIDE: How many times have you thought more and taken more pains about decorating your body to go to church than you have about preparing your mind for the worship of God? Cared more about pleasing others than in how your soul appears in the sight of the heart-searching God?

ENVY: Look at the times when you were envious of those whom you thought were above you in any respect or more talented or useful than you. Have you not so envied some that you were pained to hear them praised? You chose rather to dwell upon their faults than upon their virtues?

EVIL SPEAKING & SLANDER: Have you had instances when you have had a bitter spirit and spoke of believers in a manner entirely devoid of love and charity? Times when you have spoken behind others' backs of their faults, real or supposed, unnecessarily or without good reason. You need not lie to be guilty of slander, to tell the truth with the design to injure is also slander.

Part II to come tomorrow. These alone often leave me in need of confession and restitution to my God.

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