1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Based on John’s connection between confession and forgiveness it would seem that the practice of confession is quite important. Thus, this week’s spiritual exercise is designed to promote the practices of confessing our sins and engaging in a self-examnation so that we can determine “whether [or not we] are in the faith” as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5.
Our last spiritual exercise has to do with our words because what we say matters. Jesus highlighted the importance of our words when He said, “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Since we will give an account for our words and our words have the ability to condemn us, shouldn’t we exercises our tongues so that we eliminate sinful patterns of speech and promote Christlike patterns of speech? Therefore, in this weeks spiritual exercise we will look at how we can break negative speech patterns and how we can promote positive speech patterns.
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