I CONFESS

I CONFESS

With bitterness and true compunction of heart I acknowledge before Thee the gross and selfish thoughts that I so often allow to enter my mind and influence my deeds.
I confess, O God …
That often I let my mind wander down unclean and forbidden ways:
That often I deceive myself as to where my plain duty lies:
That often, by concealing my real motives, I pretend to be better than I am:
That often my honesty is only a matter of policy:
That often my affection for my friends is only a refined form of caring for myself:
That often my sparing of my enemy is due to nothing more than cowardice:
That often I do good deeds only that they may be seen of men, and shun evil ones only because I fear they may be found out.
O holy One, let the fire of Thy love enter my heart, and burn up all this coil of meanness and hypocrisy, and make my heart as the heart of a little child.
Amen.
-John Baillie
A Diary of Private Prayer
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"Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalm 51:9-10