Vonette Bright
General

The late Dr. Louis Evans, a dear friend, told this story from his childhood experience.

 

As a young boy, he and some of his playmates found a dead bird.  They decided it needed a decent burial, so they made a shoebox casket and dug a hole.  Then they chose one of the friends to preach at the bird’s funeral and another to sing.  Ceremoniously, they dropped the makeshift casket into the earth.

 

They had so much fun that the next day they decided to dig up the box and have another funeral!  This time someone else preached and someone else sang.

 

The next day they did it again with different roles for different friends.

 

Finally, Louis’s father realized what they were doing and put a stop to it.  He said, “Boys, leave that bird buried!  When something is dead, you don’t keep digging it up again!”

 

A simple, innocent story, but the lesson is profound, isn’t it?

 

The Bible says, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (John 1:9).  When John wrote these words, he knew that even Christians continue to sin.  But when you become aware of your sin, you need to confess it.  You simply agree with God that you were wrong.

 

Then, you can know you’re forgiven.  Even your guilt and shame are removed.  God never brings it up again.

 

Yet too many times forgiven Christians are tempted to dig up old stuff, to revisit issues that have already been resolved.  They don’t know that they’ve been forgiven.

 

When you don’t know you’re forgiven, the guilt will rob you of peace with God and prevent you from reaching out to others with the true message of God’s love and forgiveness.

 

My friend, your sins are buried and forgotten—don’t keep digging them up!

 

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us” (Psalm 103:12).

 

By Vonette Bright

 

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