Hollianne and I were recently driving back from a dinner when a semi truck threw a rock into my windshield.
The impact created a crack that was less than an inch long. It was just a little scratch.
The scratch quickly grew. The damage now stretches across my entire windshield and has started to splinter off in a couple of new directions. It’s now difficult to ignore the damage when driving the truck.
Isn’t that a lot like sin?
I sometimes let anger or pride overtake me in a weak moment. It may not be expressed outwardly, but it’s there…just beneath the surface. And while it might not dominate my day- it stays in my head and heart…and I can dwell on it.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10
Left unchecked, this sin can spread and grow into other aspects of my life. It can leave me bitter, unfulfilled and angry. It’s noticeable to others.
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Mark 7:20-23
My prayer this week is to recognize the sin in my life- and to have the courage to confront it before it overtakes me.
Please let me know how I may pray for you.