Monday, February 13, 2017

Call It What It Is

 By Andrea Merrell

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us 
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 NKJV

The necessary room. The water closet. The head. The John. The potty. Why can’t we just call it what it is—the bathroom.

It’s funny how we come up with cutsie little names for just about everything. Sometimes people don’t have a clue what we’re talking about.

In Christian circles, there’s another word we try to skirt around. We call it a shortcoming. A weakness. An issue. A problem. Baggage. We might even call it backsliding. But we need to call it what it is—sin.

The word sin tends to intimidate a lot of Christians. If we’re not careful, we can put on a façade and try to appear holy and righteous … without sin. Heaven forbid that someone should know we’re not perfect.

There was only one sinless being, and that was Jesus. He came to earth, lived among men, died a cruel death, and went back to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. The Bible tells us Jesus faced every temptation common to mortal man, yet He never sinned. As He experienced these temptations, He knew our human flesh would never be able to live as He lived. That’s why—through His sacrifice—He made provision for us to receive forgiveness with no limit. He said if we would confess, He would forgive. It’s that simple.

There’s something called a “duck test” that has been around for centuries. It says “if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck … then it probably is a duck.” When others look at us, they just might be doing a “sin test.” When we look like the world, talk like the world, think like the world, and act like the world … it’s time to take inventory.

If there’s unconfessed sin in your life, call it what it is. Then take it to the Father and ask for forgiveness. He’s waiting with arms wide open.

(Photos courtesy of Miles.)


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