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Negative Temperatures

February 18, 2014

Last week I was in Minnesota for a workshop. When I got there it was cold. First morning as I headed out of the hotel it was a whopping -11 without the wind chill factor; the second morning it was -4. While this may seem like an improvement, I realized it was not. The two temperatures, although they were seven degrees apart, it was still too cold to stand. As I scraped the windows on my rental car ice built up on my mustache. It was bitter cold.

While driving to class I realized that is how we look at sin. We rank our sins as which one is worse than another. In a way we put numerical values on our sin. As long as our sin is not as bad as the next person, we are good with it. The problem is, just like those two bitter cold temperatures, they are equal. Cold is cold, just like sin is sin. Our perceptions of each may be skewed, but the reality of them is not. As long as we rank our sin, we cannot make confess it and start healing from it.

Today, we need to make a conscious effort to acknowledge our sin as sin. Don’t rank it amongst others sin, but just say it is sin. When you do this, you acknowledge it is wrong. In other words, you acknowledge and confess it as sin. Once that happens, then healing and repair can occur. This is the process of restoration that is a lifetime journey for each of us.

Today, acknowledge and confess.

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