Have you sinned and are brokenhearted in them? You know that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). What do we do in sin? Recognize that it is against God and also always hurts more than you. Sin is outside the will of God, so we must confess it and repent. John tells us, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). What a promise with a condition for each of us to claim. We have a grace-filled God who wants to restore us to fellowship with Him.
I have been dealing with a sin for which I was recently greatly convicted. I have been in prayer and meditation on it. I have confessed and repented and gone to the Lord to ask for forgiveness and help to overcome the pain and brokenness it has brought. For me it was something that I did not see. It was described by a brother as being “confrontational” in all things that I did. I had no idea that I did that. However, I remember well being confronted by my wife some 16 years ago about negative thinking. She told me in fact that our 30 year marriage was over if I did not change. God did a work in me in this sin and I have been growing out of this ugly edge. So now I see that this newly revealed sin is related. It seems that I have a need to be right or have the last word. I believe that I react often or respond whenever someone else speaks. I have been convicted that most of the time no comment is necessary, especially from me. I will be working on silence as a discipline as appropriate. I will respond when asked. My advice is not always a blessing, what a concept. A little self-effacing humor is helpful in this time of rebuilding.
Let us remember that all of life is re-building or being remade in God’s likeness. He will cause us to be confronted in order to become more like Him. This might cause suffering or pain or embarrassment. But the purpose is to make us holy and pure in His sight. That’s what matters, not what others think. We have a forgiving and yet personal God who is the Potter and we are the clay, so be prepared. Remember, He said, “I, even I am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remember your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25).
So this Memorial Day when we remember those who have perished so that we can live free, know that we have a God who has perished for us so that we can live free of sin too.