Thursday, May 7, 2015

Gone, Not Hidden - Debbie Ginder

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9 NIV

Overnight guests were due any minute. I felt good about the clean house and simmering supper—until I walked into the living room. Our dog, Latte, had just carried in a fresh supply of debris and scattered it across the rug. Thinking of how embarrassed I would feel if our friends saw the mess, I quickly kicked the things under the couch. 

My conscience began to speak. Why was I hiding the mess instead of cleaning it up? The couch would someday be moved, and all the debris would be revealed. Hiding the mess was only a temporary fix. I needed to get rid of it.

God spoke, and the point went far beyond a dog bone and some dry leaves. What about the sin littering my life—pride, gossip, unforgiveness? Was I trying to hide it rather than ask God to get rid of it? 

Hidden sin won’t stay hidden. Like debris under a couch, it will someday be revealed—unless I ask God, through Christ, to take it away. If I do, He will—and the sin will never be seen again!

Prayer: Thank You, Merciful God, that if I confess my sin and believe in the Savior, You are willing and able to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Thank You that my confessed sin is not hidden. It is gone forever. In the Name of Christ. Amen.
(Previously published The Secret Place.) 
(Photo courtesy of morguefile and pippalou.)

Debbie Ginder is a writer who resides in Virginia with her husband Carl. 


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