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  1. 1. 5341747-16891000Office of the Keys & Confession<br />To find a copy of these materials online go to: <br />Kneel (or bow your head) in your place of prayer and say<br />In the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen<br />If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not I us; if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.<br />God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.<br />If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous, and He is the Propitiation for our sins.<br />Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you the rest.”<br />Pray:<br />O Lord God, grant me the help of Thy Holy Spirit, that I may see my sins clearly, may be really sorry for them, and may have grace to do better, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, my Lord. Amen.<br />Now review your life before God. Carefully consider your vocation in life, whether you are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, employer, employee, teacher, or student. Face your sins without trying to excuse yourself. Do not blame others for the wrong you have done or the good you have failed to do. You may use one of the following forms as an aid to your self-examination. Several are provided. One may fir you better than another, or you may prefer to alternate variety.<br />Pray the following after you have reviewed the following:<br />Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!<br />For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.<br />Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your 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. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.<br />(Psalm 51 ESV)<br />Forms<br />Form 1<br /><ul><li>Does my life please God?
  2. 2. Do I enjoy being a Christian?
  3. 3. Do I cherish in my heart a feeling of dislike or hatred for anyone?
  4. 4. Am I studying my Bible daily?
  5. 5. How much time do I spend in private prayer?
  6. 6. Do I estimate the things of time and eternity at their true value?
  7. 7. Am I praying and working for anyone’s salvation?
  8. 8. Is there anything I cannot give up for Christ?
  9. 9. How does my life look to those who are not Christians?
  10. 10. What is my greatest weakness?
  11. 11. Do I place anything before my Christian duties?
  12. 12. Am I a good steward of the Lords money?
  13. 13. Have I neglected any known duty?
  14. 14. Is the world better or worse for my having lived in it?
  15. 15. Am I doing anything I would condemn in others?
  16. 16. Do I have a clear conception of my place in the Lords work?</li></ul>Form 2<br /><ul><li>Does the fact that I love God show in my dispositions? In my attitudes?
  17. 17. Have I complained recently?
  18. 18. Do I put confidence in something besides God?
  19. 19. What has caused me to worry recently? Should it have?
  20. 20. Have I sought to hide my religion or failed to show it? When? Why?
  21. 21. Have I been irreverent by using profanity? By making light of holy things? By scoffing at other peoples religion?
  22. 22. Have I prayed regularly?
  23. 23. Have I used Gods Word regularly?
  24. 24. Have I attended worship regularly and really worshiped when I did?
  25. 25. When did I attend Holy Communion last?
  26. 26. What have I allowed to interfere with regular worship?
  27. 27. Have I shown a respectful attitude to those placed above me in the home? In Church? In School? At work? In Government?
  28. 28. Have I shown a respectful attitude to those over whom I have responsibility? My children? My employees? Do I respect them as individuals?
  29. 29. Have I hurt anyone by injustice, unfairness, neglect?
  30. 30. Have I been angry, resentful, spiteful? Have I kept aloof from anyone, sought revenge, held a grudge, been unwilling to forgive?
  31. 31. Have I judged anyone harshly?
  32. 32. Have I been clean and pure in word and deed? Have I disciplined my body?
  33. 33. Have I showed my love as I ought to my spouse?
  34. 34. Have I gone out of my way to be kind and do good?
  35. 35. Have I wasted time? Been careless in the use of my resources and opportunities? Have I been indolent or slovenly? Taken time to plan carefully?
  36. 36. Am I contributing to my Lords work to the best of my ability?
  37. 37. Do I regard all that I have as a trust committed to me from the Lord, using it as a blessing to others?
  38. 38. Have I been sincere and truthful at all times and under all circumstances?
  39. 39. Have I sought to verify what I heard?
  40. 40. Am I proud, seeking honors? Wealth? Praise?
  41. 41. Am I displeased when my efforts are not recognized? Or when others are praised or receive advancement?
  42. 42. Have I apologized for others? Spoken well of others? Prayed for them? Retuned good for evil?
  43. 43. Have I sought Gods guidance in my daily life?
  44. 44. Do I really believe that Jesus Christ came to save me?
  45. 45. Do I believe the He comes to me in His completeness in saving fellowship in the Holy Communion?</li></ul>Form 3<br />Thoughts<br /><ul><li>Do I make God a part of my life and my decision?
  46. 46. Do I worry needlessly?
  47. 47. Do I have firm confidence under all circumstances that Got is leading my life and doing what is best for me?
  48. 48. Have I gratefully rehearsed the blessings God has granted me?
  49. 49. Do I have a longing in my heart to commune with God in the holy sacrament?
  50. 50. Have I thought as much as I should about spiritual things?
  51. 51. Have I always thought of my parents as Gods representatives?
  52. 52. Have I considered my children as blessings from God?
  53. 53. Have I resented anyone?
  54. 54. Have I fretted or worried because I was ill or had some misfortune?
  55. 55. Have I thought of my heavenly Father with gratitude for giving me health?
  56. 56. Have I always been grateful to Christ for His work of redemption?
  57. 57. Have I ever thought despairingly of device service?
  58. 58. Have I nursed anger or hatred in my heart toward anyone?
  59. 59. Have I permitted unclean thoughts to linger in my heart?
  60. 60. Have I endeavored to keep my thoughts clean?
  61. 61. Have I thought of ways and means in which I might help anyone in need?
  62. 62. Have I thought with envy of another’s success?
  63. 63. Have I impugned anyone else’s motives?
  64. 64. Have I thought with jealousy of someone else’s good looks or possessions?</li></ul>Words<br /><ul><li>Have I always said my prayers? Do I take an active part in the services by joining thoughtfully in payers and hymns?
  65. 65. Have I defended my neighbors when they were spoken against?
  66. 66. Have I spoken evil behind someone’s back?
  67. 67. Have I used Gods name carelessly in any way?
  68. 68. Have I told a lie to anyone?
  69. 69. Have I deliberately told a lie about anyone?
  70. 70. Have there been times when I have spoken when I should have remained quiet?
  71. 71. Have there been times when I have remained quiet and I should have spoken?
  72. 72. Have I spoken words that I really didn’t mean to my spouse? My parents? My Children?</li></ul>Deeds<br /><ul><li>Have I pretended to be something I am not?
  73. 73. Have I engaged in an unkind action against anyone?
  74. 74. Have I driven my automobile recklessly, endangering other people’s lives?
  75. 75. Have I endangered my health by my manner of living?
  76. 76. Have I quarreled with my marriage partner?
  77. 77. Have I been unfaithful in any way to my marriage?
  78. 78. Have I eaten or drunk excessively?
  79. 79. Have I pleased my parents more than I was required to do?
  80. 80. Did I do more than what was expected of me at work?
  81. 81. Have I contributed regularly and sufficiently to my church’s work?
  82. 82. Have I attended divine services?
  83. 83. Have I read my Bible and pondered the Word that I read?
  84. 84. Have I made an honest confession of all my sins?
  85. 85. Is there anyone to whom I should apologize for anything?</li></ul>Form 4<br /><ul><li>Do I trust God with all my heart and believe that he causes all things to work together for good to them that love Him?
  86. 86. Do I let God be God and permit Him to rule and direct my life?
  87. 87. Do I love Him with my while heart?
  88. 88. Do I take Gods name in vain by adding an oath to my statements so that people will believe me?
  89. 89. Do I pray without ceasing, fervently and confidently, in Jesus name?
  90. 90. Do I make it a principle to worship God regularly in the house of God and daily in private and family devotions?
  91. 91. Have I shown honor and respect for my parents and exercised patience and love towards my children?
  92. 92. Do I regularly talk to my children about God?
  93. 93. Have I passed unjust judgment on anyone, hated anyone, or wished evil to come to anyone?
  94. 94. Have I sown respect and love toward my spouse?
  95. 95. Am I overcoming the lusts of the flesh?
  96. 96. Have I taken anything which rightfully belonged to another?
  97. 97. Do I accept bribes or gifts through which others try to secure unjust favors?
  98. 98. Have I spoken unkindly or falsely about my relatives and neighbors?
  99. 99. Do I find delight trying to destroy their reputation?
  100. 100. Have I tried to get even with those I thought had wronged me?
  101. 101. Do my words and life bear witness that I belong to the Lord Jesus?
  102. 102. Do I try to share my faith in Christ with those who do not know Him?
  103. 103. Do I have a covetous heart which is never contented with the measure of blessing which I have received from the Lord?
  104. 104. Am I willing to share with God through his church as generously as he shares His blessings with me?