A while ago, The Bug (my second child) was sitting on my lap. We were enjoying a quiet moment before the day started. The kitchen was yet dark, the house was still silent before the other two boys came down stairs. My wife was in another room doing her morning devotions and prayers. It was just the two of us.

The Bug leaped off my lap in a blur and ran across the room. I heard a very pronounced, very loud, flatulent sound. He smiled sheepishly at me and said, “I didn’t want to toot on you.”

He then came back and we continued the much-needed cuddle time.

However, the noxious smell followed him and we both began laughing, pretending to gag on the horrendous smell.

I realized this was the same with sin.

We try to run away before anyone sees our sin and then slink back before we’re noticed. Too late, the lingering effects of our transgressions have latched on to our lives. The stench begins to spread to all those around us. There is no laughter, only embarrassment and disgust.

When you have a secret sin, it tends to not stay secret for long. Before you know it, the stink of that sin, is suffocating all those around you. What was done in secret made known. The “it won’t hurt anyone else” mentality is a fallacy. It affects everyone.

Sometimes you speak out in anger, not being angry at the child or spouse but at yourself. You lash out, because you’re at odds with your spirit and soul.

Other times it comes as a depressive slump. You don’t eat, smile or talk to anyone. It breaks the heart of all those who love you.

Look at examples from the Scriptures.

Pharaoh, in the sin of disobedience against God’s command to “let my people go”, had plagues. Famine, darkness, pests, water turned to blood, and finally death of the first born. His sin affected his entire nations.

Korah rose up against Moses in Numbers. He saw himself as the leader. His pride caused his whole household, and any who sided with him, to swallowed by the earth (Numbers 16:32). His sin affected around 250 people!

Let’s not forget the famous story of “Daniel and the Lions Den“. The other administrators were jealous of Daniel and his position. So they tricked King Darius into trying to execute the prophet. We know that didn’t work. Their jealousy and lies cost not just their lives, but their wives and children (Daniel 6:24).

It’s not too late.

Does anything here sound familiar. Does a bell ring in your head, does something in the pit of your stomach crawl?

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Come before the Lord and confess. Ask God to forgive you and to help you overcome whatever the problem is. He loves us so much that “He gave His one and only Son”. There is nothing too big for the love of God.

Also, look for some help. We are, after all, the family of Christ. No one is perfect. Seek out Christian’s who you can talk to, who can give you advice or just be there for you.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)

Take note, brothers and sisters. If someone comes to you and confesses, prayer for them. Don’t condemn. Love, care, and help the healing process.

We are, after all, a family.

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