Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 23rd, 2021
Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Psalm 119:1 (NRSV)
A trial was held in a Toronto court back in 2019. A woman was exiting an elevator and violently tripped. It was determined the elevator was not level with the exterior floor. She sued the building owner and at the trial it turned out that the building owner was aware of the issue and that very morning had a repairman service the elevator. At that time, the elevator was level. The judge determined that the building owner had done due diligence and was blameless.
Human beings by nature don’t like taking the blame, even if we are guilty. Just look at two siblings who were caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Each will automatically point to the other and proclaim, “he did it!” That same attitude continues into adulthood, unless the Holy Spirit gets a hold of our heart. When He does, our guilt becomes evident. God doesn’t reveal our sin in order to punish us. His desire is to remove our guilt and sin and make us blameless. As 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” There is great freedom and release when that happens. Psalm 119:1 says: “Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.” True joy, deep down happiness comes when God removes our sin and guilt and frees us from all fear. What a blessing to know that when we trust Christ, we stand before God as if we had never sinned – theologians call this justification. If you want true joy, confess your sin to God and invite Jesus to take it away forever.
These have been words from the heart.