There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was
given a slingshot to play with, but only in the woods. He practiced in the
woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he
headed back to dinner.
As he was walking back, he saw grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he
let it fly, and hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was
shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in a woodpile only to
see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but said nothing.
After lunch that day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But
Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today
didn't you Johnny?" And then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So
Johnny did the dishes.
Later, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing, and Grandma said,
"I'm sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper." But Sally smiled and
said, "Well, that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help."
And she whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and
Johnny stayed home.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's, he finally
couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he
killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said "Sweetheart, I
know that. You see, I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing.
But because I love you, I forgive you. But I was wondering just how long
would you let Sally make a slave of you."
I'll bet Jesus sometimes wonders the same thing! How often we allow
ourselves to be enslaved by our unwillingness to confess our sins. We just
go on living and sacrifice all of the peace and forgiveness that God wants
to give us. It leaves us so that we cannot even enjoy the good that is in
God knows how we have fallen short of His glorious perfection and has sent
His son to die for our sins. If we confess them and turn to Him, we will be
washed clean and set free from guilt. But as long as we claim we haven't
sinned there can only be bondage to our past and our need to cover it up
He is waiting to hear from you..
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in
us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our
sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not
sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our
lives." - 1 John 1:8-10