We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Covering or Confessing, Part 2

Can you imagine covering a sin for forty years? For fear of being falsely accused, I had
covered an innocent mistake and turned it into a sinful act of deception and self-deception.
Why, after all these years, would this come to mind? Certainly God wouldn’t require me to admit this cover up after all of these years. I don’t even know if the owner is still alive. Besides, I’m forgiven, a new creature in Christ. I am a Christian leader with a blameless reputation, and this could open unnecessary doors for gossip.

But God had given gentle reminders about making this right. So I told the Lord that if He really wanted me to give this money back, somehow He would have to arrange to have me come in contact with my former boss. The fact that we live in separate states made this very unlikely!

One day, as I was speaking at a small gathering, there he was! “I surrender,” I told the Lord, as I resolved to visit my ex-boss of forty years ago. I shared the story and paid him sixty dollars plus forty years of interest! In his usual gracious manner, he looked at me and said, “Thank you, and now I give this back as a gift to your ministry.”

After forty years, I experienced an emotional freedom from something that I didn’t even realize I was in bondage to. David understood this relief as he wrote these words in Psalm 32: “Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away . . . For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; 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. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer a prayer to you at a time when you may be found.”

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