sins define who you are? Are they opportunities for you to learn and grow? Or do you hide your sins from yourself and others to maintain a facade? To sin is merely “to miss the mark” and we are all constantly doing that. How we process our missteps is just as important as the actual sin.
It is important to remember that we must acknowledge our sins before we can be healed of them. What does that mean? It does not mean that we wallow in them, feel guilty about them, give them power over us, or punish ourselves over them. It merely means that we must delve deep enough within our consciousness to know they are there. We cannot heal a trait that we do not recognize. As the psalmist says, we try to hide our iniquities from God. In reality, God is omniscient and so we have really only tried to hide our sins from ourselves.
Once we bring our demons out into the light, strangely they no longer have the same power over us. By excavating those things about ourselves that we find most sensitive, we realize that these things do not define us. We can turn them over to God and be done with them. We are all children of God with a heritage of peace of mind, joy, health and prosperity. No one and nothing can withhold this gift from us; but our unwillingness to step forward and claim it and leave the past behind is a stumbling block.
When we enter into a right relationship with God (make God the center of our life), we are forgiven. Forgiveness is in the hands of human beings, it is the decision to give up false beliefs and standards for the Truth. God is waiting for us to step forward. Allowing our lives to be led by Spirit (vv. 8–9), we are protected by our faith in God.
And so it is! Amen!