Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Ps. 51:2)
If you’re a human being, then you are quite familiar with the word guilt. Guilt keeps us up at night, joins us when we find a moment alone, and leaves us feeling worthless and disgusting in the presence of those we hope will never see what we are trying to hide. Guilt haunts our relationships, our finances, and many of the simple choices we make every day.
Many of us have come to live with this guilt and accept it as a part of who we are. So much of our lives is often laced with traces of past mistakes and guilt over things we didn’t actually do. Life is messy. But we have a Creator who wants to wash away that guilt.
David reminded us here that God’s compassion is great, and he wants to wash away all our iniquity. In fact, he asks God to blot out his iniquity. David’s confession and cry for a Savior is a simple and powerful example of what we are called to do. David’s sin didn’t disappear from his life experience, but his transformation wouldn’t have been possible without his cry for compassion.
What is stopping you from a full confession of your guilt? Cry out to God now for his mercy, and be ready to find release from the burden of guilt you have been carrying.
Allow the Creator to blot out your sin and shame.
Holly Atkinson is a Wesleyan pastor’s wife, mother of two girls, student at Wesley Seminary, and an assistant principal at a private school in Florida.
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