Evening, February 18, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Father, I have sinned.” — Luke 15:18
It is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in his precious blood do not need make a confession of sin as offenders or criminals before God the Judge, for Christ has forever taken away all their sins in a legal sense. They no longer stand where they can be condemned, but are once for all accepted in the Beloved; but having become children, and offending as children will, should they not go every day before their heavenly Father and confess their sin, and acknowledge their childish iniquity? Nature teaches that it is the duty of stumbling children to make a confession to their earthly father, and the grace of God in our heart teaches us that we, as Christians, owe the same duty to our heavenly Father. We offend daily, and should not rest without asking pardon daily. For, supposing that my trespasses against my Father are not taken to him at once to be washed away by the cleansing power of the Lord Jesus, what will be the consequence? If I have not sought forgiveness and been washed from these offenses against my Father, I shall feel at a distance from him; I shall doubt his love for me; I shall tremble before him; I shall be afraid to pray to him: I shall grow like the prodigal, who, although still a child, was yet far off from his father. But if, with a child’s sorrow at offending so gracious and loving a Parent, I go to him and tell him all, and do not rest till I realize that I am forgiven, then I shall feel a holy love for my Father, and shall go through my Christian career, not only as saved, but as one enjoying present peace in God through Jesus Christ my Lord. There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as an offender, and confessing sin as a child. The Father’s embrace is the place for contrite confessions. We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.