The Burden of a Secret

Re:Verse reading–Psalm 32 (day one)
“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. . .Then I acknowledged my sin to you. . .and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”  (vs 3, 5)  In 1995, Jimmy Allen, a former pastor of FBCSA, published a book called The Burden of a Secret. In the 70’s his daughter-in-law and two grandchildren  contracted HIV through a blood transfusion.  The book tells the agony of the family as they struggled with this ultimately fatal diagnosis in a time when it was not safe to share with others.  King David knew the burden of a secret but with sin.  When he kept silent, he experienced the weary inner cost.  Thankfully, he eventually broke the silence in confession to God.  The result?  Forgiveness and help.  Secret sin is a burden that none of us can carry alone.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive. . .and cleanse us.  (1 John 1:9)

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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