The Weight

July 30, 2016

This summer, my brother and I had two roofs to re-shingle. Before we could start, however, the old rolled roofing needed to be removed. Why? Because the weight of the old roofing plus the weight of the new roofing could prove to be too heavy and cause the roof to collapse, especially during the winter months with the increased weight of snowfall.

As we were up there with the shovel, working hard to remove the old roofing, I was reminded of the weight of the guilt of sin and the devastating effects that it can have upon a person. Guilt has the ability to haunt us. It can keep us awake at night, make us fearful, and sap our strength in general, as we beat ourselves up over our actions. We wish that we hadn't done what we did. We worry that others might find out, and then, what will happen? We wonder what kind of a person acts the way we did. Yes, the weight of the guilt of our sin is indeed a heavy burden to bear.

However, it is a weight that can be removed if we will only do the work necessary to get rid of it. And what work is that? you might ask. It's the work of humbling ourselves before God, acknowledging our sin, being truthful and sorry about what we have done, and then, believing and embracing by faith that indeed the Lord has forgiveness us, for, as the Scriptures state:

Psalm 103:10-12 – He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (NIV)

Are you feeling the weight of the guilt of your sin today? Well, now that you know how to relieve yourself of it, get to it! You'll be so glad that you did.

Prayer: Father God, how wonderful it is to know that we are a forgiven people. We do not need to bear the weight of the guilt of our sin if we will only be humble, truthful, believing people before You. Grant us, this day, hearts and wills that desire to do what we need to do to become burden-free people. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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