Your Sins Will Find You Out
“A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, he will not go to the wise” (Proverbs 15:12)
There is nothing more devastating to a believer than looking spiritual while living in defeat. The immediate consequence is the loss of esteem in the eyes of family and close friends.
One couple shared how God had used their daughter to shake them out of their complacency about deception and hypocrisy. It seems they were selling their home, which had a significant problem with flooding in a basement playroom. During the dry winter season, they replaced the carpets and put the house on the market.
They were showing it to a very interested buyer, and when they went to the playroom the potential buyer mentioned that the carpet looked new.
“Sure,” the small daughter replied, “the old carpet got wet every time it rained.” This came as a shock, since the couple had skillfully avoided any mention of a water problem. The buyer left, but not without a thorough discussion of ethics and Christianity.
You see, the couple selling the home was a well-known pastor and his wife. Later he told me, “We allowed our personal needs to choke out our spiritual values. God simply used the honesty of a young child to expose us.”
The truth revealed will make you truly free; concealing facts will make you a captive of your own hypocrisy.
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you . . . write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:3).
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