Honesty About Sin Brings Freedom

Myung Lee

READ : Psalm 32:1-5

When I picked my son up from school, I knew something was wrong. It was the first detention he ever received. He was juggling oranges in the cafeteria and the teacher gave him one week’s detention. He looked nervous and was afraid to tell me what happened. I waited and waited. Finally he said, “Dad, I have something to tell you.” At that moment I was happy about his honesty.

This makes me think of another Dad who knows and loves his own son. Before God our Father we need to confess our sins and open our hearts too. Psalm 32:3 says, “While I kept silent, my bones wasted away.”

When I heard what happened at school, I gave my son general advice instead of grounding him. I honored his honesty. We human beings say so easily: “How could you do that?” “You should be ashamed.” “It’s your fault.” This is what we tell each other.

But Psalm 32 shows us the grace of our God. “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Honesty brings joy and freedom. Hiding causes separation and broken relationships.


Lord, I thank you for forgiveness and new life.