Scripture Reading: Ezra 10:11
Now, therefore, confess to the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and the strange wives
Reflections: In helping the people of Israel to live right, Ezra, the priest and scribe, discovered that they had committed a great abomination. Many of them, including priests, had intermarried with the Canaanites. This was a gross disrespect for divine instructions since God had told them never to marry the indigenous people of Canaan. Ezra, therefore, got them to confess this sin before the Lord and to repent in the process. Soon after the prayers, the people moved into action. They dissolved all their marriages with the people of Canaan and moved on with living righteously. By this deed, we note repentance does not end after confessing sins. It is ultimately climaxed by a change of heart that results in forsaking the sinful action. Indeed repentance goes beyond mere confessions of words. Corrective actions crown it!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me take the necessary corrective action anytime I repentant from sinning.
Confession: I go beyond words when I confess my sins.