This week I really messed up in my sin. I acted selfishly and allowed fear to control my thoughts and how I treated my family. When the conviction came, I drowned in shame and guilt.
I wanted to swim away from the Lord—how to face the God I love with my sin-stained failures? Yet as I twisted through the waves of accusation, He pulled the current toward Himself.
Do you ever feel a conviction about your less-than-lovely thoughts or actions?
Here are two truths about God to remember in our moments we want to set-sail for a remote island rather than rush into God’s arms:
He already knows your sin and still loves you.
There is no surprise to Him. The judgmental thought you had about the lady in front of you at the check out? He knows. The way you yelled at the kids in anger when they were only acting childish? He heard—and all the worse stuff unmentionable on social media. We can’t fool God. We only fool ourselves.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Before a word is on my tongue,
you, LORD, know it completely
He is waiting and ready to forgive your sin.
It’s still not fun going to our loving Father and asking for forgiveness, but it is worse doggy paddling in sin when Jesus wants to lift us out of shark infested waters of guilt and shame.
God already showed up to save us from the drowning waters of sin, but we still have to grab a hold of His sacrifice in Jesus Christ and let Him pull us out.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
God’s love is more extravagant than any of our sin.
No matter how menial or catastrophic,
he paid for it all and is waiting for us to simply embrace His love.
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32.
Father God, thank You for Your Spirit that convicts me of my sin and Your Son who died to renew me and set me free from guilt and shame. I need You. Please forgive me for (take a moment to ponder and confess sins). Thank You for loving me all the time no matter what. I accept Jesus’ sacrifice. Now, please help me to live for you. In Jesus’ name I ask these things, AMEN.
Question:Is there someone you have wronged in your sin that you need to ask for forgiveness of? Pray about it and then seek reconciliation. If you would like to respond with a relevant comment, please share. To leave a comment, just click here.