1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When I am eleven, my parents send me to a girls-only, two-week camp nestled in the North Georgia mountains. Although I am terribly homesick the first day or so, I soon make friends and plunge myself head-long into all the many and varied activities offered.
And, I excel in all the sports we play.
No matter how carefully I pull back the arrow in its bow, take aim, and let fly, I almost never hit the target.
And, you can forget the bulls-eye . . .
Why am I so lousy at archery?
Because, I am woefully nearsighted and need to be wearing my glasses.
Glasses I hate. I think they make me look ugly. Dorky.
So, because of pride and vanity, I continue to miss the mark.
Pastor Wallace tells us that the Greek word for "sin" literally means "missing the mark". No matter whether our sin arrows elude the target completely or miss the bulls-eye by a hair, we've missed.
Just as we have to collect our shot arrows at camp, we need to bundle up our sins and confess them to God.
Only He can forgive us.
Purify us from all unrighteousness.
Give us the glasses we need to wear to see sin for what it is.
And, to clearly see the mark He wants us to make.
Do you wear glasses or contacts on a daily basis?
Will you join me in prayer?
When we fall into sin, Father, and miss the mark, let us come running to You in confession and ask for forgiveness. Don't let our pride or ego become a blinding stumbling block. Open the eyes of our heart to see the mark You would have us make. Amen.
Psalms 106:1-18 or 106:19-48
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