A couple of years ago, I received a red light camera ticket by mail. According to the letter, I was over the stop line when the traffic light turned red. I reviewed the video and believed I had done nothing wrong. Naturally, I requested a court hearing.
When I arrived, the court was full of people just like me. People were pleading their innocence as they appeared before the judge. One by one, they went up before the judge and argued their case. Almost all of them resulted in guilty verdicts.
Then one man came up before the judge and pleaded guilty. Unlike everyone else, the man said he knew he was guilty and was ready for his verdict. Taken back, the judge asked if he knew what he was doing. He nodded his head, affirming his guilty plea.
The judge looked at the man and said it was refreshing to hear someone taking responsibility and decided to wave all the charges and potential court fees despite the man pleading guilty. In an instant, he dismissed the case.
This story reminds me of how it is with our heavenly father. It’s only when we humbly go before Him with our guilt and shame that he’s ready to dismiss the punishment we deserve.
FX3 Fuel For Pray:
Focus on Truth:
Read and meditate on Micah 7:18-19. What do these verses say to you?
Face the Facts:
What sins have you not presented before His court? Journal it.
Forge and Fellowship:
Determine how you will confess and seek forgiveness for those sins today and tomorrow? Share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.