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I needed to confess something to a friend this week. I’d put it off, thinking it wasn’t a big thing. I hadn’t lied to her, but I had allowed her to believe something that wasn’t true.

I should have corrected her understanding when she first mentioned it, but I didn’t. Was it my pride that stopped me from speaking up immediately? Was I caugh off-guard, or is that just a cop-out for not being willing to step out with integrity?


But last week God brought the situation to mind again, and I realized I don’t want anything to stand between my Lord and me. So I wrote a note, confessing my “sin by omission” and correcting my friend’s understanding.

Confession and forgiveness

She was gracious, understanding and forgiving. And I no longer have to wear the concern that she may share a partial truth with someone else. Confession brings freedom. I am forgiven by my friend and cleansed, renewed, by the sacrifice and grace of God.


An old hymn says

Nothing between my soul and the Savior, so that his blessed face may be seen, nothing preventing the least of his favor, keep the way clear, let nothing between. (Charles Albert Tindley, 1851-1933)

Tindley was the son of slaves and, although he was a freedman, he was hired out at a young age to work on plantations alongside the slaves. His wage helped his family survive, and he saw firsthand some of the evils of slavery.

Although it was against the law for freed slaves to receive an education, Tindley taught himself to read and write, reading over 8,000 books in his library.


He worked as a janitor at Calvary Methodist in Philadelphia, became the leading pastor in the Delaware Valley and was appointed a Presiding Elder of the AME in 1900.

Charles Albert Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley

As a young person, Tindley said

I made a rule to learn at least one new thing—a thing I did not know the day before—each day.

While working at the church, Tindley enrolled in theology classes and learned Greek. He studied Hebrew with a local Rabbi. He completed his studies in 1902 and then presided over the same church he used to clean. He ministered there with powerful sermons for thirty years, during which time the church’s congregation increased from 200 to nearly ten thousand members.


He wrote 46 hymns, although not musically educated.

He was sought out regularly by the city’s mayor, as a spokesperson for the African American community.

Tindley was an eminent preacher of Methodism at the turn of the 20th century.

Following his death, the church was renamed Tindley Temple United Methodist Church.


God’s blessings don’t depend on me, on what I do. He is a God of grace. And yet, I can put a barrier between myself and him when I walk contrary to his standard. Charles Tindley, knowing the evils often perpetrated on his fellow African Americans, still ensured there was nothing between his soul and the Savior. Oh, he spoke about injustice; he worked to change conditions; but he did these things with a focus on keeping a clear channel between himself and God.

I’m glad I confessed. I’ll need to continue confessing, to God and others, because I am a sinner, saved by grace. And I want to keep the lines between my God and me open, my spirit’s arteries free of unconfessed sin.

How about you? Are your channels clear between you and Jesus? If not, I want to encourage you with these words.

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9



  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    Such a beautiful example of confession and forgiveness!

    1. Carol Loewen says:

      Thank you Karen! Wishing you a delightful day.

  2. JoAnn Payne says:

    Thanks, Carol. Your blog reminded me to pray again and again, “Search me, O God, and know my heart Test me… and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps.139: 23-24 I can so often go about my merry way, oblivious to my need to confess and repent.

    1. Carol Loewen says:

      JoAnn, thank you. Yes, I too need to pray that prayer regularly to allow God to shine His light on my heart, spirit, behaviors, words. I easily do the same as you. Look forward to seeing you and Joe soon!

  3. Sue Swain says:

    Thank you Carol.
    I echo David’s passionate desire (Psalm 139:23-24) “search me O God and know my heart..”. David longed to know and honor God….to walk in the pure untarnished relationship with the Creator and Lord of all like Adam and Eve had in the garden.
    O how I fall short of the glory of God in thought, word, deed. Pride, Anxious, judgmental, unforgiving thoughts, gossip, and at times piercing words come from my heart. I want to honor The Lord and fail. Instead of trusting Him with all my heart, once again I’m leaned on my own understanding.
    But thanks be to God it doesn’t end here! The wonderful realization is through confession my eye are riveted on the victory owe have through the blood of Christ that paid the ultimate price to cover (our) my sin (and shame). Something I could never accomplish. The spirit of heaviness then is transformed into the oil of gladness.

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