A story in Woman’s World, August 8, 2000, featured a woman who had inherited thick, heavy thighs from her mother, who had inherited it from hers, and so on. Since exercise and diet wouldn’t eliminate the problem she decided to forego wearing pantsuits. She also hated wearing shapeless dresses.
Editors of the Woman’s World offered to help. They suggested a “modern” pantsuit in a “monochromatic” color. This writer didn’t know pantsuits could be modern or out-of-date. He did know that monochromatic is one color.
He clearly saw the spiritual point. We can hide a bad complexion under make-up, big legs in pants and heavy hips in stylish clothes. And only those who know us more personally will KNOW. And they won’t care one way or the other.
Governments keep secrets. Corporations keep secrets. Persons keep secrets. But a day comes when all secrets are revealed. Let us be very sure that God’s Day of Judgment won’t reveal any sin we successfully hid from ourselves, strangers or friends. Forever unforgiven sin is revealed on that Day. Denying we have big bottoms or short legs isn’t a sin, but denying that we’re sinners only increases its destructive impact on our lives. It never removes or reduces the presence and guilt sin invariably brings.
Hiding and denying our sin; excusing or justifying our sin; refusing to admit our guilt as sinners; hoping to balance our guilt with enough good deeds to win God’s favor—or any other way we use to avoid admitting, I’m a sinner,” only exacerbates our condition.
God wants to free us from the power of sin by releasing us through forgiveness from the presence of sin. How thankful we can be that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. Thanks be to God for this amazing gift.