“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct.” (Jer. 17:10)

WE ALL HAVE SECRETS. I know I do, secrets hidden deep down in my heart. Things that I have done, thoughts I have had, and hurtful words I have thought. When I read Jeremiah 17:9–10, I am ashamed of my behavior. How I wish I could wipe them from my heart and mind. Have you ever felt that way?

I couldn’t believe it. The student nurse hadn’t been in the learning procedure lab for some time. Yet the required procedure form had my signature on it. The student was called to come to my office, and she sat in front of me. I asked, “Anne, is this your lab sheet?”


“I don’t recall testing you on this procedure. When did this take place?” She tried to convince me of when it occurred. “Anne, please tell me the truth. That was a day and time I wasn’t on campus.”

Anne said, “I needed to go to clinical the next day. I knew I had to have the form signed or receive a failing grade. I wish I hadn’t done it. I’m sorry.” Anne’s deceitfulness was exposed, and she was willing to ask for forgiveness. God forgives those who confess their secrets to Him.

Let the Lord search your heart, then ask Him to change you to be more like Him.

Viola Gommer and her husband live in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Their lives are enriched through family, church, community, and supporting world missions.

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