Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Are We Paying Too Much?

As I put the finishing touches on the tuna salad I was making for supper, I heard the very last of a Bonanza re-run on the TV in the next room. I had not paid much attention to the program until the last ten minutes or so. The plot had something to do with a rather old man who had kept a secret for years about an unethical scheme he had been involved in to make money at the expense of others. He finally made a clean breast of his guilt and told Adam Cartwright that he would do whatever it took to try and make it right with the people he had wronged. As Bonanza was about to end, Adam said to his father Ben, "Sometimes truth costs a great deal." Ben nodded and replied,"Yes, but never as much as covering it up does!" It was sort of an "Ah-ha" moment as I stood there at the table cutting up an apple for the tuna salad. I thought to myself how true a statement that was.

I was reminded of the verse in Proverbs 28:13 that says "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." When we cover up our sins we never gain as much as we lose. We may save face with those around us when we cover our wrong doings but deep down we carry a load of guilt that makes us miserable. We are paying a big price. But we don't have to! The last part of this verse tells me that if I confess my sins to God and forsake...or turn away from...them, He will give me mercy. And along with that is implied forgiveness and rest in my spirit.

One thing I want to do in the New Year of 2012 is to try and keep "short accounts" with the Lord. I don't want to have to pay for something that I don't have to pay for by keeping it "covered up"! Do you?

God bless you!


($ image created by Stuart Miles)


Martha said...

So true Marilyn. As I've gotten a "little" more spiritually mature, it hurts me to have any unresolved differences and unconfessed sins. It is NOT worth the price. Love you and Happy New Year. (We love tuna salad. I just made some good turkey salad from Christmas turkey.)

Aliene said...

So true, Marilyn. Like you said "We need to keep short accounts with the Lord. That is one thing I want to do. Thanks for the post.

Yolanda said...

Very true and as I draw nearer to God, the more He doesn't leave me alone until I do confess. A wrestling match and I want God to win!

Belinda Jo Adams said...

I am sure Bonanza helped steer us in many ways to follow what The Bible told us. Wished shows today would do so. May we all learn to have short accounts with God.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

So true, Marilyn. Covering up our sin costs us far more grief and stress in the long run. Better to confess it before the Lord and others (if necessary) in order to move forward with God's forgiveness and plan for our lives. Nothing is gained by keeping sin within. Better to come clean!

Funny what comes to us in a tv show or music or movies.


Alene said...

Short accounts, I love that. Something I certainly need to be mindful of as well. Covering up and ignoring sin or problems does not lend to blessings. Oh friend, thank you for this precious reminder! Blessings girl.