Friday June 17, 2011
You have heard the definition of assume. Break it down into its letters and you will find the definition. Assumptions in relationships are deadly because most assumptions in relationships have some sort of distortion in them. I would say that in relationships a great percentage of assumptions are flat wrong. But there is one assumption that I have when anyone comes into my office. It is the assumption that everyone that walks into my office is flawed like I am. We all make mistakes. We all have times when we say wrong things or have unhealthy attitudes or act inappropriately. It’s not that we are all flawed that is the problem. The problem happens when we don’t admit it.
In Psalms 32:3-5 David addresses this problem and it’s effect on ourselves and on others. “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I admitted my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’. And you forgave the guilt of my sins.”. Unconfessed sin has a huge impact ourselves and on our relationship with the Lord. Unconfessed sin causes heaviness to happen inside our bodies. The psalmist indicates that unconfessed sin can cause physical ailments within our bodies with aches and pains and a real heaviness. That heaviness could be defined in today’s society as depression or stress.
To confess our sin is to experience cleansing from the Lord and be relieved of the heaviness of the guilt of unconfessed sin. On our journey today when God convicts us of sin in our lives, take the time to confess it to the Lord so that we don’t carry unnecessary baggage with us.
Reading a book on sin called White as Snow by David Paul Tripp on Psalm 51. One thing that comes up again and again is our biggest problem in life is not what is outside of us but what is inside…our sinful heart. Very powerful book