Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
Have you ever held onto something so tightly that your hands hurt? I remember playing tug-a-war as a kid, the rope we used would hurt our hands and fingers from clutching so tightly. What about things we keep pinned up inside ourselves, like guilt over something we just can’t let go or let out? Promises made to keep secrets? Sometimes we even convince ourselves that if anyone ever heard these secrets our lives would be ruined. There is one who knows everything about us and loves us just the same, He is God! We certainly do try to keep things from God, but to what end? We cause undo stress and guilt that are so unnecessary. God wants us to confess and be redeemed. I convinced myself that I had to live with guilt and that I could not trust anyone with my secrets, wow, I was so completely wrong. God did not want me to continue punishing myself and take responsibility for things that were not my fault. It took several years to recognize that I did not need to hide, especially from God. The easiest part was to tell a trusted and reliable person. The hard part was carrying all that extra baggage around for way too long. The hard part was keeping my fist clinched and my mind closed. The sweetest release was to let it out. Once I set it free, it no longer had a hold on me. My hands were open and so were my thoughts. Life is short, do not let guilt and a clinched fist keep you from living a life of repentance and forgiveness. You are loved! You matter! You make the world a better place. God Bless You ❣️🙏🏻
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.