Remember the old declaration? “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!” Well, I thought of a new twist on it yesterday: “How do I sin against Thee? Let me count the ways!”
You see, I’d been ticked off at something. That’s not necessarily a sin. But then I opened my mouth and spouted off about it. That’s where the trouble began.
When I went to confess the sin of what I had said, I realized that wasn’t all I’d done:
I had been inappropriately angry. (I actually had no true justification to be angry at all.)
I had focused on one problem in life, and shown a complete lack of gratitude for my many blessings.
I had wallowed in resentment and bitterness.
I had been … shall we say … less than edifying to the person I spouted off to.
I had been judgmental and prejudiced in my attitude.
What an ugly list. But that is often what happens when we sin … a single sin always invites its friends to the party.
So be sure to ask yourself, next time you kneel in confession: “How do I sin against Thee?”
But be sure to finish the declaration with, “Let me repent of the ways!”