By Paul Koch –

Do you believe that my forgiveness is God’s forgiveness?

Yes.

Let it be done for you as you believe.

In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

These words fill my ears after I have just blurted out a shallow and rambling confession of my sins. I feel like such an idiot when I do this.