Monday, August 30, 2010

I'm Not That Bad

Little Jennifer refused to do what her mother asked her to do. In frustration her mother said, “Go to your room and tell God what a naughty girl you’ve been.”

She stomped off to her room but came back quickly. Looking her mother in the eye she said, “I just talked to God. He said that I should just forget about what I had done.”

Confession does not come easily. It is difficult to express our guilt and ask God to forgive us for what we have done wrong. No one wants to take the lid off of a mind that thinks evil thoughts. Nor does anyone want to open the windows of a heart that harbors hurtful intentions.

Often we attempt to rationalize our sins – trying to convince ourselves that what we have done is really not bad. If that does not work, we will resort to generalizations saying, “Everyone does it, so it really does not matter.”

Neither one is acceptable to God. Someday, everyone will have to bow before God and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

We must not wait. Now is the day of salvation.

Prayer: Jesus, give me the grace and courage to admit my sins and an understanding of Your mercy that assures me of Your forgiveness. I know that I have fallen short of Your demands. Save me, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 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. (NIV)

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