1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Once there was a fence post in front of a house. Inside the house was a boy who was rambunctious and rebellious toward his parents. His dad decided to teach him a lesson. He told him that each time he misbehaved, he would need to drive a nail into his mother’s beautiful fence. The boy didn’t mind. He ran and played and did what he wanted. Each day, the dad would take him to the fence and watch him hammer nails into the nice white fence. Years went on, as the boy filled the fence with nails.
Then one day, the boy went to church and got saved. He came home and noticed just how ugly he had made his mother’s fence. He went to his dad and asked, “How can I fix the fence?” His dad told him that for every good deed done, one nail could be removed. The boy went to work. He helped at home, at school, and every old lady crossing the street that he could find.
Finally, the day came when the last nail was to be removed from the fence. The boy pulled the nail out and he and his dad stepped back to view the fence. As he saw all of the nail holes across the fence, he sighed, “Not quite what I imagined”. The dad then told him, “God forgives our sin, but sin always leaves a mark.”
The truth is you are and/or can be forgiven of sin. However, you don’t get to choose the ugly marks that sin may leave behind. Be careful what you allow in your life, it could leave marks you don’t want.
William Davis | YP
Clays Mill Road Baptist Church