Everyone has flaws, ones better covered up.
It may be our moodiness before our first cup of coffee. We growl at the coffee table if it gets in our way.
There’s nothing wrong with that if there’s no one else around to hear. Is there?
Or maybe we let the yardwork go, letting the grass go to seed before we get around to whacking it back. After all, what about the ants and other bugs? It’s their home, too.
And cutting drivers off in traffic . . . it’s not like we know them—or them us. It’s forgotten as soon as it happens. And besides, they drive so slowly.
And that sip of brandy at the company party . . . or that seductive webpage link we didn’t really intend to open . . . if we don’t tell . . .
Jeremiah 2:35 says:
“You say, ‘I am innocent; surely his anger has turned from me.’ behold, I will bring you to judgment for saying, ‘I have not sinned.’ ”
You say, “I am innocent.”
You say, “His anger has turned from me.”
God says, “Behold, I will bring you to judgment.”
This is our reality check. When we drive, and the patrol officer gives us a 10-mph margin of grace before writing us a ticket, does that mean we broke the law or not? When we yell at our spouse and then apologize, are the hurt feelings truly erased . . . especially if it happens again and again?
Our neighbors might say, “Hm, John’s yard is overgrown this week.”
Let it happen week in and week out, and they’ll call the code enforcement officer to get us back on track.
Honesty before God is vital. Let’s live a life that testifies of Christ’s life and death and his sacrifice for us on the cross.
We can stand before God with pride when we wear the reality of truth on our sleeve.
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