Hopefully you all had a great Wednesday so far.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
The THIRD Chapter! The Word of God barely gets started, and already mankind has started in on discourse. Two people created on the face of the earth and they are casting blame at one another and at the serpent because no one wants to accept responsibility for his or her own actions!
Well, it doesn’t end there, does it? Throughout the Bible, throughout history in general, there has been finger-pointing all over the place. When something goes right, of course, take credit; but if something goes wrong, don’t look at me!
I went to a very strict elementary school and this was back in the day the office could “monitor” the classroom, audibly by a device on the wall. My 5th grade teacher was convinced that I was whispering, although he couldn’t prove it.
Mr. Smith stepped out of the room and little to my knowledge, went to the front office where he overhead me and a few of the other students chatting. When he came back into the room, I was asked if I talked while he was gone. Afraid, of course, that I would get in trouble with him and with my mom if he sent a note home, I told him that I did not talk.
At this point, my teacher pointed up to the monitoring device and told me that he heard me talking. Although I told him that I was not the only one, he was focused on me at the time and did not even ask who else it was, which I found quite unfair and told him as much. My protest did not help my situation when he took me out in the hall and paddled my behind. I cannot tell you how glad I am that is no longer allowed in schools because he was one example of an instructor who was abusive in his assertion of authority. I absolutely should have admitted that I talked! I allowed my fear of consequences to outweigh the truth!
Now I know I have bragged on my children many times, but I do think they were well behaved young ones! I don’t know if any of you have experienced this, but I have learned things they did as children that I did not know until they reached young adulthood that still annoy me! For instance, when they were all together and say, something got broken, I would ask them who did it, of course to no avail. At this point, I would make all three sit side by side on the fireplace hearth until someone confessed. After about 15 minutes, one of them would get up and tell me that he or she had done whatever it was. Little did I know then, but they decided that it would be fitting for them to take “turns” accepting the guilt. They knew that if no one did, they would be there for a long time and that everyone would get in trouble equally. They figured out that if one got in trouble, having to do an extra chore or whatever, the other two would help out since the other one accepted blame.
It took years of parenting, and I am not going to say that I ever really got it right, for the punishment to fit the crime. I did try to adjust severity as the kids (and I) got older. If they came to me and confessed,even if I knew already, things went much easier. If I found out or if I already knew something and they had not approached to tell me, the discipline was not as light. I was trying to teach them the concept that with Christ, yes, there is forgiveness when we confess, but it does not abolish consequences.
Imagine how frustrating it must be for our Father to see us and know the things we do and to listen and watch us deny, ignore or blame our actions on anything other than simple disobedience. He is there, waiting an willing to forgive, what excuse could we possibly have NOT to go to Him and admit what He already knows! Is there discomfort in admission of sins, of course; but oh the freedom it offers so greatly outweighs the burden of guilt and shame.
There’s nothing intellectual about forgiveness, so no amount of studying or research will make it logical to a corrupt and sinful world. What we do know as Christians, however, is that in Christ we can stand forgiven and through Him, the same measure we expect, we are to extend to others.
Merciful and Forgiving Father
Thank You for the Truth
It is THE STANDARD
We are called to live by
We just give You praise for this and every day
You have given us and we ask that we will have a heart bent toward obedience
When we fall short and sin, O God
Let us please understand Your awareness of our thoughts and actions
Even before You created us, God
You knew what we would become
And You loved us enough to bring each one into this world anyway
Thank You for adopting us into Your Family
We call out to You in our weakness
Because even our best efforts are pitiful
Please let us take courag4e though
That You understand our short-comings
Our human frailties
Lord, for that, Your Beautiful Son gave His life
As the Ransom for every sin for all mankind throughout time
Lord, please bring to our hearts and minds
When we hold something against a sister or brother
How Jesus looked down from the cross
Even as He bled and died, and offered forgiveness
What right do we have to withhold it?
In the Name of Jesus
“At The Cross”