Well, the next thing you know, my husband's car pulled into the driveway. I was horrified. You know Oreo cookies. They have a distinct smell and are a little dusty to eat. So there I was - reeking of chocolate and a real mess - thinking, "Oh, God, I am caught. Please help me!"
It wasn't my best prayer. But it was the best I could come up with under the circumstances...
"Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness." (Proverbs 30:20)
Who was I fooling?
You might think I felt embarrassed or caught. In fact, I had never felt so loved. Just that week I had been studying a Bible Lesson that included references to adultery: including the forgiveness and healing of an adulterous women (John 8:1-11), and several general condemnations of adulterous behavior (Exodus 20:14, Jeremiah 7:8-10, Matthew 5:27-28) . I remembered thinking how I abhorred the idea of adultery and that this particular Bible Lesson, although interesting, had very little to do with me. So when this message of what constituted adulterous behavior was brought home to me - instead of feeling condemned - I felt that God loved me enough to expose the contrast between my secret thoughts and acts and my true and good nature! I was inadvertently committing adultery against my own true self! But, instead of condemnation, I felt loved. And from the awareness of that love sprang the spiritual strength and discipline necessary to refuse to be manipulated anymore by sneaky, dishonest, cheating thoughts.
My husband and I had a good laugh about it. And this little episode brought an end to a sneak-thief problem I had had with food.
No matter what we have done or need to stop doing, condemnation is not the way out. Love and a clear view of who we really are as God's child is the best solution. In some way God is telling you right now that you are good. Believe it, because it is true. And nothing can prevent that truth from being fully exposed and finally expressed in your life!
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