We are very weak. Jesus reminds us if this fact of our human nature. “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Simply stated, contrition is when a person, because of love or fear, stops defending sin and confesses it instead.
Repentance begins with a heart that is moved toward God’s mercy and then has faith that he forgives for Christ’s sake
The Lutherans, on the other hand, confessed that the power of the keys was the authority of Christ spoken by any confessor, and dependent upon two things: contrition and faith.
The fault with indulgences lies not only in who it is that forgives sin, but in what this forgiveness costs. God’s gracious forgiveness is a gift.
Going to church, doing good works, being president of Council, having perfect attendance, teaching Sunday School, and even knowing all three of the ecumenical creeds by heart ...