Psalm 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

It wasn’t too long ago that one of my children came to me in tears to confess a sin. This child had taken some candy and eaten it, without asking the person who owned it – they had stolen! My husband and I would have never known had this child not come to confess. Punishment had to be given, and of course, restitution of the stolen candy had to be made out of their own cash reserves.

I know it sounds strange, but I was so happy that this whole thing happened. I wasn’t glad my child had stolen, but I was so glad that they confessed! They could have buried this sin deep within their heart, and no one would have been the wiser, but they didn’t. They came, in tears no less, and made things right. Joy was immediately restored to this child’s heart. They had confessed, apologized and made things right. It was over and all was well.

That’s how I feel when I do wrong. The Lord sees all of the sins I commit, even the ones that are only in my heart. He doesn’t require that I make things right but I’m miserable until my sin is confessed and forsaken. After I talk to the Lord about it, joy is immediately restored. It’s almost like a physical burden is lifted! Life never looks as wonderful as it does after I’ve experienced forgiveness.

Recently, I sat in church, feeling horrible. I knew what it was…it was sin! I had sin in my heart – no one knew about it but me and the Lord – but it felt as if everyone could see. I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to lay that sin down, but on top of the sin in my heart, I also had the sin of pride! Isn’t that how it works with sin? We start off when one, then it seems to multiply! I didn’t want to admit that I was wrong. I stayed unhappy most of the day. Finally, I acknowledged my sin. I asked the Lord to forgive me and immediately felt relief.

The Lord had forgiven me, but I was concerned that I’d slip back into this sin again. I can relate to Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me. I felt as though I needed to be “renewed”. I needed a clean heart, free from the guilt of the past. I need to pray each morning asking God for a clean heart.Why? Because sins of the heart are very easy to fall back into. They require no outside activity. You can have a bitter spirit, bad attitude or angry heart without anyone knowing or seeing.

I’m so grateful that the Lord not only has power to forgive me and cleanse me of sin, but He also has the power to help me to stop committing sin. For me, crying out to God daily (or hourly) is the best way to stay clean.

One thought on “A Clean Heart

  1. Tobitha says:

    I am grateful for this devo Valerie…. I can certainly relate to your experience. I'm also thankful that the Lord is so forgiving!

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