READ : Psalm 32:1-11
Once there was a fourth-grade girl who liked to write poems and stories. Each month she was asked to write something for the school newspaper. She received much praise and liked it.
One month, though she tried very hard, she could not think of anything to write. Not knowing what to do and not wanting to admit failure, she copied a wonderful poem out of a children’s magazine and handed it in as her own. It was a lie. It bothered her conscience and she couldn’t sleep. This girl had an older sister in the eighth grade who saw the poem, recognized it, and tattled on her.
I was that girl. The story does have a happy ending, however, and some very important lessons about honesty and forgiveness were learned. I was miserable and out of fellowship until I confessed and said I was sorry. Then I was forgiven and continued to write for the paper. They never doubted me, and the incident was never mentioned again.
That’s what happens when we confess our sin to God. He forgives our sin, just as though it never happened. In 1 John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Isn’t it wonderful to know that at the end of the day we can talk to God and wipe our slate clean?
Father, thank You for forgiving me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.