Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (37) Confession
37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec. 22 and 26, 1722.
This week my local church is beginning to incorporate a time of confession for sin followed by a declaration of our assurance of pardon in each Lord's Day service. The main reason for this is because of our belief that our habits in corporate worship become our habits in private worship. Because of that, we use our corporate worship as the main way in which we disciple our members on how to worship.
In our resolution today we see that Edwards had a habit of inspecting himself, confessing sin, forming a strategy of repentance and thus remembering the finished work of Christ. I do not know your habits, but I would dare guess that you do not have this sort of daily discipline. You would not be unique in that, most of the church does not consider the health of their inner man and the beauty of Christ's finished work and the structure of our Lord's Day services may not impress upon them the value in that.
As Christians, we should be a confessing people. We should be aware, as much as possible, of those sins that plague us because there are many sins that aren't on our radar because of our insensitivity. We should therefore pray. We should pray for increased sensitivity to those things which God hates. We should pray and confess our sins of commission and omission to God. And for each time we think and examine ourselves, we should as Robert Murray M'Cheyne says, look to Christ ten times.