Let me share a story. It was covered up in my mind with so much stuff that only recently did I unearth it. Perhaps those of you reading this devotional who are ‘seniors’ can understand. It is possible than even some of the younger readers can also relate to such a re-discovery. Here is the story:
A king in another time and place decided to visit a prison in his realm. He took hours listening to the stories the prisoners told. The king heard tales of mistreatment, unfair judges, false accusations, and misunderstandings. Finally, tiring of the pathos being related to him, he decided to leave. As he was leaving the long rows of cells, the king noticed a cell that he had missed. He summoned the guard to open the cell. He went in and asked the same question he had asked of all the others: “What are you doing here?” The prisoner replied that he was guilty of robbery. In a moment of weakness, he had broken into a house and had stolen some things. He was guilty of the crime. The king upon hearing the man’s story, called the guards and told them to release the prisoner. When asked why he released the man, the king replied that he did not want the prison full of innocent people to be corrupted by this guilty man.
This parable illustrates the Biblical principle taught in Proverbs 28:13 (NKJ): “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Two verses in Psalm 103 tell us of the nature of our heavenly Father: v. 8, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy,” and v. 14, “For He knows our frame, He remembers that we are dust.”
The Apostle John, writing to believers, gives us a great truth in 1 John 2:1: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And(but) if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Dear friends, if we become aware of sin in our lives we must quickly go to the Lord and confess and forsake the sin. In doing so we will find mercy and forgiveness. But if we tolerate sin and let it stay around, we need to hear 2 Peter 2:20: “ For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.”
“Blessed Are The Pure In Heart For They Shall See God”
~ Brother Roy