There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, ‘Sally, let’s wash the dishes’ But Sally said, ‘Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.’ Then she whispered to him, ‘Remember the duck?’ So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, ‘I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.’ Sally just smiled and said, ‘Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help’ She whispered again, ‘Remember the duck?’ So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.
Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, ‘Sweetheart, I knew.’ You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you immediately. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.’
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done that devil keeps throwing at your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) Or perhaps your conscience continue to remind you that you a sinner like Sally used the knowledge of your sin to enslave you, sum up courage today to settle the account of your sins with God. You need to know that God was on His Throne watching every move you made even those secret things you did. He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. But the amazing thing is that He loves you and He is ready to forgive you if only you can humbly approach Him in repentance as Johnny did to Grandma. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:24) “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22) He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets those sins and restore you unto Himself as if you had never sinned. It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved. Do not choose to die ignorantly in your sin. Make peace with God today
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Prayer: Oh Lord, I come unto you the way I am, I realized my folly and the wickedness of my sinfulness. In sincere humility I am pleading that you may forgive me all my sins. Create in me a new heart and renew a right spirit within me. Let your mercy prevail in my life forthwith, in Jesus name, Amen