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Down in the Depths of the Deepest Sea


“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” – Psalm 51:3-4

If you’ve ever studied the rings of a tree, you might discover a time when there was absolutely no growth at all.

I had an entire year like that in my Christian life. As I began my third year as a Christian, I developed a bitter spirit against a brother in Christ. I knew it was a sin to harbor this bitterness, so I went to the Lord and confessed it. On the basis of my earnest confession and God’s promises in His Word, I knew He had forgiven me. He buried my sin in the depths of the sea and remembered it no more.

Yes, God had forgotten all about it. But there were two persons who didn’t forget–the Devil and me. So the Devil would remind me of my sin and accuse me of being an insincere Christian. After all, if I were a true follower of Christ, I wouldn’t have done such a thing. I would agree, and bring it up to the Lord again. This cycle was repeated for a whole year.

Finally the Lord made clear to me that I was truly forgiven, and the pattern was broken. I was able to go to my brother and work it out with him as well.

Psalm 51 is the sinner’s guide to restored fellowship. In it the psalmist prays that God will blot out his transgressions, wash him thoroughly from his iniquity, and cleanse him from his sin.

Is your walk of daily discipleship hindered either by unconfessed sin or unacceptance of God’s forgiveness? I lost a year of Christian growth because of my failure to believe God’s Word.

Prayer

Lord, I believe Your promise that if I confess my sin, You are faithful and just and will forgive me my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness (from 1 John 1:9). Amen.

To Ponder

When God forgives your sin, to Him it is as if you’d never sinned.

(The Navigators)