WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Psalm 32:5 (ESV)
ADMITTING OUR GUILT
Guilt plagues everyone to some degree. One Christian psychologist recently stated that “Guilt is the most difficult problem in the whole realm of psychological therapy.”
The late baseball legend Gil Hodges told this story. Once, when he was managing the Washington Senators, he discovered four of his players had broken curfew the previous night. Immediately, he called a team meeting and said, “I know who you are, but I do not wish to embarrass you. You know the rules; you will each be fined $100. I have placed a cigar box on my desk. I expect the four of you who broke curfew to put your money in the box by 3:00 p.m.” At the end of the day, Hodges found $700 in his cigar box! What Gil Hodges discovered is that a lot more people are struggling with guilt than he imagined.
Anonymous admission of guilt is a start, but we must be willing to put our name on it. We must be willing to admit what we’ve done and who we’ve offended. Until we are ready to take responsibility for our sin, we won’t be prepared to turn from that sin. It’s been said that a problem fully identified is a solution half solved. Have you owned up to the poor choices you’ve made in your life? Have you asked Christ to help you repent and turn from your sin?