A Secret to Guilt-Free Living
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Psalms 32:5 Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, “I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord.” And then you forgave my sins. (Selah)
A woman has troubles and then consults her preacher. “Help me, pastor, I have tendencies to exaggerate something. I can’t get rid of it. People started to think that I’m untrustworthy. Can you help me?” The preacher replies “Then let God helps you in prayer” Together the woman and the preacher pray, the woman prays “O God, You know my bad habit, I tend to exaggerate things…” then out of sudden, the preacher intervenes “To simply put it, just call it ‘lying'” The ashamed woman now understands her mistake and acknowledges it.
It’s not unusual for us to ‘make amends’ with our sins, to undervalue it. Lying we call it “exaggeration”, dishonesty is called “white lie”, “for future’s sake”. Quick to anger we call it “hot temper”. We also tend to escape from harsh reality when we make mistakes. Left everything behind and hope someday ‘magically’ our mistakes are disappeared. What a terrible move. God and our conscience cannot be easily deceived by those cheap parlor tricks. Deep down, there is anxiety, we are anxious if somehow our mistakes are revealed.
Trying to escape reality is futile. Only fools carry on those burdens with a smile. Then what should I do? Confess. Humbly confess our sins, even if He already knows what’s happened. He just wants our honesty. Then repent ourselves and try your best not to repeat those same mistakes and sins. The sooner we do it, the sooner He will lift guilty feelings. When we sincerely confess our sins He absolutely will forgive them.
DON’T TRY TO ESCAPE or COVER YOUR SINS UP, because that is the only way you could live GUILT-FREE.
1. Are there any mistakes or transgressions you try to escape or cover-up?
2. What are your feelings when you did that?
3. What are your commitments to live guilt-free?
“Father, we are grateful because You kindly remind us not to cover our sins up or escape from it. We did mistakes, yes, and right now, below Your throne, we confess it all. We truly regret those awful mistakes we did and we sincerely want to repent ourselves. With faith, we believe that Your mercy, kindness, and forgiveness would bring total healing for our bodies and souls. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”