Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. – Psalms 51:1-6 (NIV)
Sin has become a passé term. Dysfunction, emotional baggage, flaws, psychological scars are all real, but they are symptoms of the root problem – sin. Instead of treating the infection, we treat the symptoms and wonder why people stay sick. In fact, sin tries to convince us that we are not sick at all. We portray vibrant and energized lives to the world, but we are wasting away on the inside, dead men with candy coated shells.
We need to face our sin. This is more than admitting that we are sinners. Most people get that they sin and understand that they can’t fix it themselves, but there are too many cures for the symptoms that just worsen the disease. Instead of facing sin and seeking healing from the only one who can provide it to them, they turn their eyes to temporary balms and hopeless remedies.
I don’t want my children to head down that road. If they are going to have a relationship with God that transforms and matures them, they will have to be honest about the sin in their life. They will need to understand that sin at every level is against God first and then others. Their hearts will need to be well lit by the process of confession and repentance. I want them to have hope that the love of God can bring them from where they shouldn’t be to where they should be so they can be who they should be. I want them to experience what it is to overcome sin through the power of God.
Lord, help me lead my children into a godly understanding of sin and the way out. May my children grow to know how to handle the sin in their lives and experience victory through Jesus Christ. Amen. .