To receive grace as a gift, we must first acknowledge our need for it.
The first half of this reading reminds us that before God, every part of our being is laid open. Everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do is within the bounds of God’s knowing. Yikes! The good news is, according to the second half of the reading, we have the best mediator acting on our behalf: Jesus. We don’t need to be afraid to confess our sin for two reasons: God already knows us inside out and Jesus is advocating for our redemption.
The last verse is important. “Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” To receive grace as a gift, we must first acknowledge our need for it. Confession is a vital part of spiritual practice and formation. It adds depth to our relationship with God, neighbor, and self.
Today, confess your sin to God, find assurance in the promise of forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and commit yourself to realigning your thoughts and behaviors with the will of God.