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Thought for the Week: Psalm 32:1-5

by admin on September 24, 2012 in Faith, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. ‘Selah’ Then I acknowledged 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 sin. ‘Selah'” (Psalm 32:1-5).

Harboring sin is like eating poison—it will destroy you.  David’s psalm aptly describes the destruction of unconfessed sin; it comes out physically and emotionally.  Whomever you believe you are protecting by not confessing it will encounter the toxic outflow of your sin anyway, so confess it and be healed (James 5:16).  Christ’s forgiveness is already waiting for you.

When you are married and become one flesh with your spouse, your sin will reap havoc threefold: it will sabotage you, your spouse, and your marriage team.  Know that your marriage can be salvaged and even proactively protected and strengthened if you are quick to confess (and to forgive when your spouse confesses).  Spend some time with the Lord to really let this truth steep in your heart—it will change your life and your marriage.

Holy Father, pure and perfect, God Almighty, have mercy on me a sinner.  My spirit wants to seek You and please You, but my flesh is weak and keeps me beholden to sin.  My spirit wants to confess my sin and live in the freedom of Your forgiveness, but my flesh is scared that the damage to my pride will be too great to bear.  Holy Spirit, change my heart and cancel my pride.  Help me to see myself as You see me.  Help me to see sin as You see it.  May I be above reproach in my witness and in my marriage so that You may be magnified.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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