November 19, 2014

Daily Advance – Weekly Column
By: D. Clay Perkins
President, Mid-Atlantic Christian University 

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. . . . When I kept silent, my bones wasted away . . . Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgression to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

 Psalm 32:1, 3a, 5 (NIV)

She was caught by her older sister. She was smoking a cigarette behind the shed. In her mind she knew she would pay for this. Mom had told her children not to smoke. But to her amazement, her older sister said nothing, absolutely nothing, to Mom. Wow, was her sister really going to keep her secret?

As the days passed and Mom was assigning chores, the older sister started using a phrase, “No, Mom, my sister will do that for me.” Then she would look at her younger sister and whisper, “Won’t you, Smoky?” For days on end, her older sister manipulated her. Any time she did not want to do a chore, she would tell Mom her sister would do it for her. Then she would quietly taunt the younger sister with, “Won’t you, Smoky?”

She did not know what to do. Her “secret sin” was safe, but the price was high. The guilt. The mistreatment. The frustration of doing her chores and her sister’s chores was driving her crazy. So, in tears, one day she told her mother the truth of her disobedience.

She will never forget what her mother said. “My child, I figured this out long ago. I knew you were smoking. I knew your sister knew you were smoking. What I did not know was how long you would allow your sister to torment you.”

We do the same thing with our sins. We hide them. We allow Satan to torment us. To tell us we are not good enough. The evil one likes to remind us with the smoky smell of our mistakes. But please read all of Psalm 32. God knows we have sin. He is waiting to forgive us. He is waiting for us to stop listening to the Devil’s lie when he whispers in our ear, “Smoky, you cannot be forgiven.”

Rejoice and have an upright heart. Enjoy the forgiveness that comes from the Lord. He is willing to protect you. God will deliver you from torment and guilt and give you peace. (See also 1 John 1:9.) It is good to be forgiven by the Lord God Almighty.

Stay focused.

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