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“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.” Psalm 38:18
Yesterday I noticed the same post by two friends. The post was issued by the Cumberland County Board of Health; warning anyone who picked up tomatoes or potatoes along a denoted route number that the vegetables were bad. They were the load in a truck which had overturned, spilling not only its contents but also gas and oil. Everything was contaminated. One questioned lingered for me; why didn’t anyone employed by either the state or the trucking company clean it up??? Instead they allowed it to sit on the side of the road, contaminated, where unknowing people could pick it up and feed it to their families.
Any committed sin that remains unforgiven, if against us, or open ended, if our own, is sort of like those contaminated vegetables sitting by the side of the road. It can fester inside of us causing spiritual, even physical, illness. Even though the sin is forgiven and God remembers it no more, bitter feelings toward or between Christian brothers and sisters can grow into much more. I’ve personally seen it split a church in two. One caution; if the offender has physically threated, damaged, or emotionally injured you – forgiveness doesn’t always include reconciliation. Yet, as the old adage said, “Forgiveness is good for the soul.” With God’s help, clean up any garbage you’ve left along the way!
“Don't let the devil use your mind as a garbage dump.”
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone
Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org
About the Author: Eleanor Jean Gale-Boone lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (50+ in total; 4 generations / country wide), her husband (Rick), her two children (Ed & Diana), her “in-loves” (Boomer & Alyssa) and her three grandchildren (Mathieu, Emma & Amelia) are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Post Lyme Disease Syndrome, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. Through the power of the Spirit of God, she is learning to live in the calling of God to “be available” for Christian women seeking to find the Joy of the Lord in the midst of life’s circumstances. She is a published writer, an accomplished vocalist, an ordained pastor, a Christian counselor, and maintains an on-line encouragement ministry, “A Sister’s Hugs.” This devotional, ChIPS from El, is distributed through her website and posted to Facebook on the page, A Sister’s Hugs Ministries. At the call of God, she has established Kitchen Table Christian Counseling Services; a counseling service for Christian women struggling with life’s journey. She journey-counsels on-line through Gospel Guidance.com http://www.gospelguidance.com/search?query=gale-boone and face-to-face by appointment out of her home mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to visit http://www.asistershugs.org. God willing, she will soon return to seeking her Master’s Degree in Theology and Counseling.