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Cleansed from Sin

Anonymous | September 25

Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. —1 Chronicles 29:9

“To repent is to profess and affirm that one won't sin anymore.”

The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Monastery of St Catherine Sinai (12th century)

Don’t think you have a license to sin because offenses are removed by generosity. For sins are done away with if you give liberally to God because you have sinned. But if you sin by rely­ing on your generosity, your sins are not done away with. God especially desires that we be cleansed from our sins. Therefore, He com­mands us to repent. To repent is to profess and affirm that one won’t sin anymore. Therefore, those who are unaware and incautiously glide into sin are pardoned, but those who sin willfully have no pardon. Don’t think that those who are purified from the stain of sin can fail to give liber­ally because they have no faults to blot out. In truth, they are all the more bound to exercise justice when they have been justified. In addition, people cannot be without sin as long as they are burdened with the infir­mity of the flesh, which is subject to the dominion of sin in three ways— in deeds, in words, and thoughts.

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