Jeremiah had to bring hard words to the nations, telling of their disobedience and coming judgment. He was not to be dismayed when they resisted him. He was not to cave in under their pressure. God calls us, too, to keep our witness unstained with personal sin, not to bend Christ’s message to be more palatable to the world. We need to confess times when we are itching to fight over minor issues. But just as often, we compromise on a major battle line by our silence or inaction. None of us is without sin in this, so let us confess together to our merciful God.