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We're All Sinners
By Karen L. Mechtly

Psalm 32:1-3,5
Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD" -- and you forgave the guilt of my sin. 

    My six-year-old grandson was told by his mother to clean his room. She left him alone and went about doing her chores. Later, she peeked in on him to check his progress. She was dismayed that instead of cleaning, he had been distracted by his toys. As she reprimanded him, he looked up at her with his baby blue eyes and said, "Mommy, we're all sinners."
    My grandson knew what many adults try to rationalize away. We all sin. Oh, we try to sugarcoat sin by calling our actions mistakes, misunderstandings or worse yet, by denying that we did anything wrong at all. But that doesn't change the cold, hard facts. We sin and we need to own up to it.
    The good news is that if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. In I John 1:9 we read "the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from our unrighteousness!" What a precious promise. Admit your sin and receive God's forgiveness.

Dear God, Help me to admit my sin and accept your forgiveness.


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