Stay Healthier By Confessing Our Sins
“When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone” (Psalm 32:3-5 NLT)
Ramblings from Lacy’s dad – I wish we all reacted to sinning like Lacy’s big brother did when he was younger. When the kids were little, and got in trouble, we had a place in our bedroom where we administered punishment (spankings). Our master was on the main level just off the family room, and when someone got in trouble we would tell them to go to the spanking bench (it was actually the step stool that went with our high bed). They would have to sit there and think about their “sin”. We would come in and discuss what they did wrong, administer the punishment, and then pray with them, thanking God for them and asking Him to help them do the right thing in the future.
Many times Kris or I would walk by the room and see Connor sitting there on the bench. We would ask each other what he did wrong, and find that neither of us knew. He had “turned himself in”. I would come in to discuss what he did, really, to find out what he did wrong. He would quickly confess his wrongdoing, often with tears of remorse. Sometimes he got the spanking, often times I would look at him as tears rolled down his face, and tell him he was forgiven. He always, always, looked up with such great appreciation and love, and gave me a big hug. I would hold him in my arms and tell him I loved him. I would pray for him, and thank God for him.
Once or twice when he, Lacy or Evan got in trouble, as they bent over to get spanked, they heard it, but didn’t feel it. They would look around in surprise and see me taking the punishment in their place. We explained to them that Jesus had done the same thing for us. He had been willing to take the punishment for ALL our sins. Their sweet innocent gratitude melted our hearts when they realized they were guilty, the punishment had been administered, but someone else had taken their place.
Today I pray that I am mindful of what Jesus did for me on the cross. I want to have that same kind of sincere, authentic, gratitude, for what my Heavenly Father and His Son did in my place! This morning I hope God sees from me, what we so often saw from our kids….
When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You took away the guilt of my sin. (Psalms 32:3-5)