Use these statements (based on the Ten Commandments) to examine your own heart.
We have had other gods before you (Ex. 20:3)
We have sought satisfaction in this world’s pleasures rather than in you. We have loved to praise our own glory more than yours.
We have taken your name in vain (Ex. 20:7)
We have uttered your name at times without reverence and love. We have listened to others use your name in vain without grieving.
We have murdered in our hearts (Ex. 20:13)
We have too often been quick to be uncharitable to others. We have at times considered revenge when we were sinned against.
We have committed adultery with our eyes (Ex. 20:14)
We have at times loved temptation rather than fighting it. We have lusted after unlawful and immoral pleasures.
We have stolen what is not ours and coveted what belongs to others (Ex. 20:15, 17)
We have been guilty of discontent, ungratefulness, and envy. We have complained, even as we have enjoyed your abundant provision.
We have lied to you and to others (Ex. 20:16)
We have told distorted truths, half-truths, and untruths. Even in our confession, we have looked for ways to hide our guilt.
Lord, have mercy on us according to your unfailing love. Forgive our sin through the blood of your only Son. Strengthen us by your Spirit that we may pursue holiness and live to please you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.