Sins pointed out, but forgiven
Published 9:36 am Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Family history and my early years without sunscreen have resulted in several precancerous areas of my skin requiring attention. Liquid nitrogen is applied to freeze (although it burns a little) the cells. I visit a dermatologist regularly to stay on top of any suspicious spots. I thought my last appointment would be brief.
“Any areas of concern?’ the dermatologist asked.
“Nothing,” I said. “I think I’m good.”
“Well, there’s a spot here, and this one there…” He knew exactly what to look for and took care of what I had overlooked.
It was an all too familiar scene. Not in the doctor’s office, but in the early hours of the morning when I sit quietly before God and sometimes pray Psalm 139:23, 24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Even on the days when I think all is well, God will bring to mind an area that needs my attention. It’s not always something I said or did. Sometimes it’s a thought or a motive that only God knows. He knows exactly what to look for and leads me to take care of what I often overlook. Whatever the issue, I want it corrected before it grows.
At no other time am I as grateful for God Who not only points out my sin but offers forgiveness.
Ronny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.