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Secrets, Sins & Scandals

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Have you ever thought that after doing something wrong — if you just keep it a secret — that no one would ever find out?

I’ve done it; many times.

My parents were in town a couple of weeks ago with my nephew and niece. While we were talking we started sharing scar stories. I was last to share. I have many scars. I was trying to decide which scar had the most memorable or entertaining story.

Amy, my wife, spoke up, “Scott tell about…” and a secret was out.

I had never told my parents that story. That story was told. Questions followed. I told several other stories.

What I had kept under wraps unwrapped.

Out of my mouth they came, one after another with occasional prompting from a more informed family member.

Tell the story of falling through the ice.
Tell about when you hit the parked car?
Tell … tell … tell…

Do you know that no matter how hard we try to keep our sins a secret they have a way of coming to the surface?

They arise to the surface whether we want them to or not. Sometimes they are obvious and direct like my stories became. Other times our sins arise in indirect ways.

Indirect ways like:
– Unusually strong anger
– Premature trust or an unwillingness to trust
– Sarcasm
– and many more.

If you find yourself struggling with a sin seeking to find daylight I have a couple of suggestions.

1. Stop hiding it.
2. God will forgive that which you ask to be forgiven.
3. Tell someone.

Caveat: People you have hurt may not be so forgiving, confess it to someone trustworthy who was not affected by your choices.

I have found “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved…” And, God “saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.” ~~ Romans 10:9-10; Titus 3:5

“New life” doesn’t make everything okay, remove all the consequences or make the stories all funny folktales, but it does allow God to set us free spiritually.

This has been my experience and this is mysilentscream.

Bring on the comments

  1. Love this post and I can definitely identify with it. How great is God that we can confess anything, be cleansed of it and move on without further punishment beyond the pain that we inflict on ourselves by trying to keep the secret hidden?

  2. Thank you Phil!
    I am so grateful that we share this mutual awareness.
    God’s forgiveness is freeing.
    If we don’t seek forgiveness we either hide in denial or self-destruct in shame.
    Thanks for commenting!

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