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Inner Honesty

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“I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:3 in the New International Version of the Holy Bible).

I think all of us remember being asked by our parents to apologize for hurting someone or doing something wrong. Sometimes it was said under our breath and without conviction but we managed to mumble the words, “I’m sorry.”

Have you ever apologized to God without really meaning it? God requires an attitude of penitence like, David, the writer of this Psalm describes. It’s the kind of apology or repentance that comes from deep down in your heart where only God can see it. This plea for God’s mercy was a big first step for David who had committed the terrible sins of adultery, lying and murder (see 2 Samuel 11-12). What makes this prayer acceptable to God was David’s complete honesty about his sin. He saw his mistakes clearly and admitted the seriousness of his offense against God. Inner honesty like that gets God’s attention and His pardon.

Prayer: Lord, I come before you today in complete humility. I must confess that I find it hard to be honest about my sins. My heart resists acknowledging my wrong doing. Help me to be willing to throw myself upon Your mercy confessing all of my faults and failures. Cleanse me, O Lord! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Julie Long

Julie was raised in Pakistan as an MK. She is a writer who would rather read; a speaker who would rather listen; a joyful wife to Peter and a determined mother of two. She shares her passion for discipleship in a Reflections magazine column and online at moretolifetoday.com. Julie is the More to Life Ladies Ministries program director and serves as the Atlantic District Ladies Ministries president. The Long’s pastor the Pentecostals of Miramichi, New Brunswick.

1 Comment

  1. This word encouraged me to ask God to cleanse me daily of any thought, word or deed that does not please Him.

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