Call to Confession
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breaths out lies will not escape.”
This past week Brian Williams, a man who usually reports the news, was in the news. It came out that Williams had completely made up a story about coming under attack while in Iraq.
Yesterday NBC announced that Williams will be stepping down from his position. Not only though has this man lost his job, he has become the butt of many jokes and many of his news reports have come into question. All in all, this man’s reputation has, in a matter of days, completely bottomed out.
Brian Williams stands as a vivid example of what this Proverb states: God will not allow a liar to go unpunished.
Moreover, these events remind us of our need to be honest about the lies we have told. He who breaths out lies will not escape, and for this reason we must seek the mercy of God for all the ways we’ve been dishonest.
Prayer of Repentance
We come before you confessing that we have not dealt honestly with the truth nor given the it its proper regard.
We admit that we are quite fluent in the devil’s language. It is our native tongue. We cannot even begin to recount how many times we have exaggerated the truth, embellished it, and inflated it in order to gain some advantage or make ourselves out to be better than we are. Yet, at the same time, we have twisted it, minimized it, and withheld it so that we might advance our own reputation or fortune.
We confess this because we know that no liar will enter your presence or inherit the kingdom of God. But every one of them will find their place in the lake of fire. Knowing therefore that we deserve eternal damnation we plead for your mercy and ask that you would pardon us for the ways we have cheated the truth.
We know that we have lied to others. But we acknowledge that we have first and foremost lied to ourselves. We have deceived ourselves into thinking that the truth is not important. We have tricked ourselves into believing that we could create our own reality and fabricate a world where we are exceedingly great.
But the greater deception is that we have thought that we could deceive you. We were foolish enough to actually think that your all seeing eye would not take notice of the ways we have misrepresented ourselves and others. We believed that our shams could be hidden from your sight and that you would not hold us accountable for having broken your commandment not to bear false witness.
God, we acknowledge the depth of our evil and the greatness of our depravity. And we know that we would only be furthering our doom if we did not come forth and admit the truth of our lies.
Here now, in this time of repentance, we know that our only hope is in the gospel and the God of all truth; the one who continually holds forth the promise of grace and salvation. We know that you will not take back your word, but you will fulfill it to the very end.
And to that end we trust in Christ for our deliverance, and it is in His strong name that we pray, Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: John 6:47
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.”
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