Neh. 9:2 Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors.
The Israelites meant business. They were determined to do the right thing. They had finally gotten to the point where all that mattered to them was to get right with God. The first thing that they did was to separate themselves from all foreigners. This was no small task for their lives were intertwined with the foreigners they lived amongst. They had embraced their lifestyles, worshiped their gods, and intermarried with them. The sincerity of their hearts can easily be seen here. They understood that if they were going to do business with God, they had to be willing to change their ways, no matter how difficult it may be.
Notice that the Israelites did not concern themselves with the sins of others. They understood that they were responsible for their own sins. In order for anything to change in us, we too must deal with our sins before God. We must make it our business to admit, confess, and surrender our sins to the Lord. We must not let the sins of others be a distraction to us. Each one of us is responsible for our own sins. Someone else’s sins are between them and God, not us.
Instead of stewing over the sins of those amongst us, let us mind our own business and take care of our own sins. Nothing is going to change in our homes, churches, or world if we are not willing to let the Lord convict us of sin. A broken and contrite heart before God is what moves God to act. Be a leader to those in your life; lead them by your example to your knees before God who alone can save us and heal us.