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Sometimes Out of Ignorance We Sin and Cause Harm
Verses 12-13 in Psalm 19 express some very important awareness's for all of us to consider. “Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!” These insights are important for the health of our soul. First, we come in touch with the fact that we are often, for one reason or another, unaware of the fact that we have sinned. This is why David says, “Who can discern his errors?” Sometimes out of ignorance we sin and cause harm. This ignorance can be the result of some lack in our spiritual education, or experience. We might not even be aware that something we have said or done has caused harm. This ignorance does not relieve us of our guilt. But ignorance is curable. And when we do learn of our error, God is always waiting to forgive our errors. Indeed, it is through his grace that we can come to know our errors. This grace of awareness of our sins may come to us directly through the Holy Spirit working in our conscience, or indirectly through a friend, or from reading a word in the scriptures, or being struck by the words of a sermon. God can truly work in mysterious ways. But there is another kind of sin that is mentioned here that is truly dangerous to our souls, that is, the sin of presumption. To presume that God’s mercy will be given even without one’s conversion, or merit, is madness. To presume that one need not change one’s sinful ways in order to receive God’s forgiveness is to presume that he makes no distinction between good and evil, that they are equals. It denies the purpose of the Incarnation…