Thursday, August 22, 2013


"You have set our iniquities before You,
our secret sins in the light of Your countenance." (Psalm 90:8 NRSV)

[Forgiveness] cannot mean that we cover up a fault with the "mantle of charity." Divine things are never a matter of illusion and deception. On the contrary, before the sin is forgiven the mantle with which it is covered must be removed. The sin must be unmercifully -- yes, unmercifully -- exposed to the light of God's countenance.

-- Helmut Thielicke in Our Heavenly Father


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