It hadn’t seemed like a big deal.
Yet, I knew something was off.
As I prayed the certainty grew.
Something was wrong.
And that something was within.
“Lord, please show me my sin that I might repent. Please cleanse me within.”
“Lord, please forgive me! Where have I let pride in?”
And as gently as a mother removing a bandage which has been on too long, the Lord revealed my sin.
Underneath a patch of “doing what is expected” was hiding the real motive.
With the revealed heart motivation came a clear picture of some other areas.
Off and on for a couple of weeks I’ve been feeling emotionally prickly.
Unable to place it before, I simply tried to ignore it.
Obviously, a poor choice.
It’s a bit embarrassing to look upon one’s sin and to realize it had been left undetected by me.
Yet, I’d rather see my sin than allow it to linger and grow.
Because just like all sin, it begins to taint all areas.
Before long the heart can be overcome with bitterness, envy, strife, unforgiveness, and a host of other things.
All through one spot of sin ignored and therefore allowed.
Praise God for His mercy!
What a blessed gift to be shown the danger within and to have my Savior deal with it!
How great is His loving kindness!
Until the day when my LORD calls me home, I will need to be cleansed by Jesus of the sins I commit.
No, I don’t do it on purpose.
Yes, I study His Word that I might be aware of His commandments and do my best to follow them.
No, I’m not able to make it even a single day without falling into sin.
Yes, I keep as short account of those things as possible.
Yes, He truly does love me enough to forgive me and continue to hone my heart that I might not sin against Him.
It’s a beautiful daily walk with Christ.
My Lord and Savior who cleanses me.
As I seek Him this morning, I’m so very thankful for His dealing with my heart yesterday.
For each of us, who are called by His name, may we never walk with hidden sin, but instead confess and become cleansed daily.
1 John 1:9 KJV — If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for loving me so deeply. Thank You for freeing my heart from the pride I had allowed. Lord Jesus, I don’t want to do that again and I am ashamed for doing it, thank You for forgiving me. Please protect me from that in the future. Protect my eyes, my heart, and my mind that I might not sin against You. Please keep me from looking at worthless things, but instead let me focus on You. Lord, thank You so much for Your mercy and grace. I am humbled by Your love. Amen.