The Weight

July 30, 2016
by Lynne Phipps

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 <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>

Atlin, British Columbia, Canada


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good reminder Lynne.


    Thanks Lynne for another encouraging devotional. Blessings.


    Lynne – Thanks for the best plan of removing the weight of sin; the forgiveness given to us by our loving Lord – if we humble ourselves. Amen.


    Thank, Lynne!
    Isn’t it great how our minds take us back to some Scriptural application when we are mowing the lawn, pouring a cup of coffee or re-shingling a roof?
    Loved the verse you quoted in the Psalms!
    God bless you.


    Hi Lynn,
    Thank you for your devotional this morning. I will using Psalm 103 as the responsive reading when I preach being present in our lives from beginning to end.
    Blessings.


    Hi Lynne,
    I commented to my husband that I particularly liked your reading today. We often comment that your analogies and stories relate to us and our faith walk.
    Praise God for your gift.


    I always praise God for you Lynne, in your willingness and ability to share your wonderful insights. Today’s message completely eluded me for many years after Jesus found me and transferred me into His Kingdom. It was such a ‘road to Damascus’ sort of experience that there was never a moments doubt that something had happened to change me completely, but I was so Bible illiterate that I had no idea what it was! Imagine that!
    Happily the Lord sent me straight to someone who mentored me wonderfully for many many years, but I never really got hold ( in my heart) of the idea that my sins were wiped out – like on a white board! How sad that such a basic fact associated with salvation took more than 35 years to relieve my anxious and self-destructive thoughts. Thank God for His faithfulness and patience. One of the benefits of His patience though, and the long years of self doubt, is that one has great compassion and understanding for those who are struggling. One of our most important jobs as His people, right alongside sharing the gospel of salvation, is the comfort and reassurance and faithful fellowship with those who do believe, but haven’t got the whole picture yet! May all your days (and your helpful brothers too) be covered with all The blessings of His anointing Angels, His Spirit, His very Presence. Amen.


    Amen to your prayer! Thanks Lynne for this encouraging message.


    Dear Lynne,
    Again you have taken a right-at-hand (or at-shovel) illustration and have drawn a great spiritual application.
    Keep shoveling. But don’t be too hard on your back. Applications won’t do that — just the originators or the illustrations.

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