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Genesis 3:8-13; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 32; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; Matthew 26:75; Romans 8:1

Memory Texts: Psalm 130:3,4 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? [4] But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

Guilt responses

  • Adam hid then blamed the serpent and Eve
  • Joseph’s brothers rehearsing their wrong
  • David’s confession about Bathsheba (Ps 32) relieved physical as well as psychological symptoms
  • Peter’s betrayal of Jesus brought despair

Is confession necessary to alleviate guilt?

  • Jesus asked God to forgive those who killed Him, before they confessed.

God’s forgiveness

  • What is reasonable (“let us reason together” Isa 1:18) about God’s radical forgiveness?
  • How does one convince oneself that God has forgiven them when they don’t feel forgiven?
  • If we have confessed our offense to the one we have wronged, why do we need to confess to God and seek God’s forgiveness?

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