Sinners and Unafraid

I’ve been reflecting on a chapter in Paul Tripp’s book, ‘Whiter than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy’. The chapter is called ‘Sinners and Unafraid’. There’s an excerpt that struck a chord with me, perhaps it
will for you.

“…If you and I are at all willing to humbly and honestly look at our lives, we will be forced to conclude that we are flawed human beings. And yet we don’t have to beat ourselves up. We don’t have to work to minimize or deny our failures. We don’t have to be defensive when our weaknesses are revealed. We don’t have to rewrite our own histories to make ourselves look better than we actually were. We don’t have to be paralyzed by remorse and regret. We don’t have to distract ourselves with busyness or drug ourselves with substances.” “Isn’t it wonderful that we can stare our deepest, darkest failures in the face and be unafraid? Isn’t it comforting that we can honestly face our most regretful moments and not be devastated? Isn’t it amazing that we can confess that we really are sinners and be neither fearful nor depressed?…We can face that we are sinners and rest because we know that God really does exist and that he is a God of:

  • Mercy
  • Steadfast love
  • Abundant Mercy

Because He is, there is hope – hope of forgiveness and new beginnings. Yes, we really can fully acknowledge our sin and failure and yet be unafraid.”

May your week be full of hope from Psalm 51:1, that God is merciful, steadfast in love, has abundant mercy and truly can blot out all transgressions. Take comfort in this wonderful news.

Reece Kelly
Assistant Minister

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