by Robert Walker

Confession Is Good for the Soul
Robert Walker
I John 1:5-10

William Shakespeare certainly understood what the guilt of sin does to a person. In his tragedy Macbeth gives a speech then all of a sudden he sees that dagger that he had used for the murder.

He cries out is that a dagger I see its handle toward my hand. Come let me clutch thee. I see thee still but I have thee not then looking at it as though it was floating there before him he said are you a dagger of the brain? A false creation proceeding from an over heated mined. He wonder am I seeing things.

Then when you come to act three Lady Macbeth who was certainly no candidate for woman of the year said oh forget it. She said look you bury that guilt with McDuffie.

But then by act 5 something has happen to Lady Macbeth. There in the middle of the night she starts sleep walking because she had not face it during the day. She faces it in her dreams and while her Doctor and woman servant looks on she looks at her own hand.

Sleep walking she speaks spot one, spot two as if by counting she can get it off her hand. And Shakespeare presented in an awesome way the fact that if we repress it great guilt can become a perpetual thing.

I want to speak to you on this subject that "Confession is good for the soul." Friend we often make light of sin but sin is not to be taken lightly.

President Calvin Coolidge went to church, and afterwards was asked by a friend what the minister spoke on. "He preached on sin." The friend asked what the preacher had to say about sin, and was told, "He's against it."

A pastor finished his message early one Sunday, and he wanted to check his congregation's understanding of sin. So he asked, "Can anyone tell me what you must do before you can obtain forgiveness of sin?"

There was a short pause and then, from the back of the room, a small boy spoke up, "You have to sin."

And we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. But confession is good for t ...

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