In Denial

By Stan Mitchell
“Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins, (Matthew 3:5,6, ESV).
Craig looked at the man’s wife. Bruises disfigured a face that might once have been very pretty. Her arm hung as loosely as a flag on a windless day in a sling. And what had her man just said?
“I only shoved her,” he had declared defiantly, “and not very hard, at that!”
He was twice her size, muscular, though with a beer belly, and his eyes shone with some challenge Craig could not decipher.
“Yes,” Craig thought, “You’re like Pharaoh – King of de Nile!”
The hardest thing for humans to do, it seems, is to say those three difficult words – “I was wrong.” Of course it isn’t that these are hard vocabulary words. From marital relationships to churches, from political rivals to a relationship with God, the hardest thing to do – and the quickest path to healing – is to begin by admitting fault.
And it’s the first thing that God demands when we express a desire to return to him. “You want the blessings of my care and mercy? Then confess!”
Are you ready to jump over that river?

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