Devotions

I’m a Good Guy… Aren’t I?

For I know how many are your transgressions
    and how great are your sins

–Amos 5:12 (ESV)

When I was a teenager I lost a something that I had borrowed from my grandfather. I looked everywhere. I never found it. I was so concerned about losing something that wasn’t mine. 

I should have told my grandfather what happened, but I didn’t want to, and I never did. Days passed. Months passed. Years passed. My grandfather passed. 

As I think about that transgression, I realize that my loving grandfather would have forgiven me. I would not have needed to carry the load of hiding something from him.

Amos was another Old Testament prophet that spoke out against sin. In the above verse, Amos reminded the people that God knows everything about everybody. God is aware of every single transgression and sin.

God also knew about my own teenage sin. Of course, He is also aware of so many other sins I committed as a teenager and as an adult as well.

The good news of my personal story is that God has forgiven me. He desires that I ask forgiveness from others that I have wronged, but if that is not possible, I can go directly to God. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I now embrace God’s mercy and forgiveness. There is not an issue, not a transgression, not a sin, that needs to separate me from Him, even from my teenage past.

Prayer: Dear God, during the Christmas season and always, I want to be in right relationship with You. I confess that I am a sinner. I need Jesus. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me peace beyond my understanding.

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