I’m a natural born proofreader, and I love it when people ask for my help – acknowledging that they’re capable of typos just like the rest of the human race, instead of pretending they can manage just fine and get everything right.
Because to my mind there’s no shame in getting things wrong. We all make mistakes – even me :) You’re not stupid if you don’t always know where to put an apostrophe, or if you type fast and in your haste you get “there” and “their” mixed up. What would be stupid would be to ignore that possibility and adamantly insist that you’re perfect.
I worked with someone like that once – long time ago, I was working as a typist and the guys I typed for really appreciated knowing I’d fix their mistakes. But then there was someone new, with a chip on her shoulder, who got really irate when I pointed out a problem in a calculation she included in a letter to a client: “just type it!” this person yelled at me, refusing to listen because her pride got in the way.
And this connects in my mind with confessing our sins to God.
I was just chatting with Christian friends about a specific issue I’m trying to get my head round – something I’ve done that I’m not sure about, not sure if it was a sin or not. I’m thinking about it, but calmly – because if it turns out that it was a sin then I know what to do: confess it to God, ask his forgiveness and know I’m forgiven! It’s as simple as asking someone to proofread your letter or essay or whatever – through Jesus I have total assurance that all my sins are forgiven, so I don’t need to pretend I have none!
I’m not perfect – far from it – but in the words of Catherine Tate: do I look bovvered?
Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration – when I find I’ve sinned I’m not totally unbothered by it, because it means I’ve grieved God and that does bother me because I love him and don’t want to grieve him. But I don’t have to make a huge big deal out of it, I don’t need to lose sleep over it or to torment myself with a guilt trip. Or to try and ignore it – because what’s the point in ignoring it and letting it fester when I can just take it to my loving dad and ask him to clean it up?
The Bible says (I John 1:8): “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
If you haven’t yet put your faith in Jesus for your salvation, that’s one good reason to get off the fence and do it, and be free from guilt and shame – not because you’ve somehow managed to become good enough (newsflash: you can’t – no one can) but because God himself takes it on!
As Paul of Tarsus said – and I happily cosign: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost.” (I Timothy 1:15)
If you realise you’re a sinner – join the club! Put your faith in the Son of God who took on the punishment we all deserve, so we can go free!
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)