There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19
A few weeks ago, I was disappointed in myself and rather embarrassed of my actions. In an attempt to prevent a hospital admission, I found myself lying to a panel of professionals. When I joined the Adult Services, I was aware of the limited community resources and funding, which made it difficult to support persons with complex health needs. Nonetheless, lying was not an excuse. As a Christian, the truth should permeate every aspect of my life. God is a God of truth.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. Deuteronomy 32: 4
I have always said, a career where I must lie to earn a living was one that I could not be a part of. In this case, I was not forced to lie and this was the difficult part. I had failed to do what was right.
“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin,” James 4: 17
How could I have done such a thing to God? As I write to you, I am reminded of the story of David.
David was an ordinary man, who lived an extraordinary life. He trusted and believed in God, yet he lived a sinful life.
At first, David was a righteous ruler, but power and wealth took a toll on his moral compass. In lusted after Bathsheba, wife of Uriah, called her to the palace and got her pregnant.
David tried to cover his sin by having her husband come home from war and sleep with her (2 Samuel 11:9–13). When that didn’t work, he conspired to have her husband killed in battle (2 Samuel 11:15). He murdered an honest man to protect his affair with his wife, then Prophet Nathan confronted him about it all (2 Samuel 12:1–14).
David was punished for his sins, but God forgave him as well. David later confessed and acknowledged his sins; he hungered for a pure heart once more. God restored their relationship in the end.
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.” (Psalm 51:1-2)
Acknowledgement and Confession of sin
I remember approaching Jesus and feeling a sense of shame and guilt. As I prayed, the words were stuck in my throat, yet I continued. Why didn’t I just walk away?
Over the last year, I had grown to know my Father. Through my daily reading, I had developed a personal relationship with Him. I knew His qualities. My Father is slow to anger; His love is everlasting. He was waiting for me to come to Him, just as David had done.
It was as though he was singing these words to me.
“Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling.
Have you come to the end of yourself?
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling.
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ.”
Conviction of Sin
As he calmed the storm in my heart, I opened up to him. I asked that He remained in me and I in Him. As we conversed, my heart was lighter, I smiled. God was working in me; I was under construction and this was good. How can God dwell in me if I am not worthy? The Holy Spirit was working in me, He had convicted me of my sins.
And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. John 16:8
The word convict is “to convince someone of the truth; to reprove; to accuse, refute, or cross-examine a witness.” The Holy Spirit exposes anything which is not of Christ and convinces people that they need a Savior. We are convicted when we become mindful of how much our sin dishonors God.
God wants us to live a life which is pleasing to Him; sin dishonors God. When we sin, the Holy Spirit becomes sad because of our disobedience. Yes, the Holy Spirit is Christ himself, with all of His emotions.
And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the ay will come when God will set you free. Ephesians 4:30 GNB
To make ammends, God desires for us to repent. This in an opportunity for our sins to be wiped away. We repent when we turn away from all which is evil and make it our business to do good.
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts 3: 19
Renew My Heart
I know that God sent his son to die for me and my sins are forgiven, but in no way should I continue to abuse this free gift.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2: 8-9
In no way should wilful sin continue. I craved the opportunity to make it right with God. Not only did I desired forgiveness, but I desired a change of heart.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NIV
Sanctification and Salvation
As humans, we will never be sinless, but once we come to Jesus a process occurs. First, we receive the Holy Spirit, then we are convicted of our sins, we confess our sins to God, then we repent. God will then continue His purification process (called sanctification), until we grow to become more like Jesus. Without the Holy Spirit’s conviction, there can be no salvation; we cannot be saved from hell.
As I reflect on those past few weeks, I must give God thanks. God used a complex situation to highlight the unholy aspects of my life. Therefore, I must act in obedience. It is good that I have the Holy Spirit to teach me how to live a godly life. This can only be true love.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
Titus 2:11-12 NIV
I do not know which sin you are struggling with. Perhaps it’s lying, greed, envy, pride, stealing, adultery or lust. My prayer is that you can find it in your heart to boldy approach God and confess your sins to Him.
May the Holy Spirit convict us of our sins, so we can receive salvation.
May we make it our business to live a life which is pleasing to God. May we crave for a pureness of heart.
If you are reading this and you are not a Christian, thank you for reading until the end. Please know that you are not alone when it comes to sin; we are all born of sin and will continue to sin. However, with the help of the Holy Spirit you can be saved from sin, you just need to come to Jesus. May you be called by Christ Jesus and may you answer His call.
God wants you to know that your sins might be great, but His love is greater than you can ever imagine.
May God bless you richly.