My Bad!

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

How do you respond when you have done something wrong?  Takata Corporation is finding out the hard way that trying to cover up mistakes can be costly.  The Japanese manufacture of the airbag inflator, used by over a dozen car manufactures, just announced that it will be recalling an additional 35 million airbags because they may explode under certain conditions.  That brings the total recall to over 74 million vehicles.
Owning up to our failures and sins is not easy, but it is always the best course of action.  Rather than looking to blame our actions on others or our circumstances, we are to first confess them to God and seek the forgiveness that is available only in Jesus Christ.  1 John 1:9,10 tells us that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
A characteristic that marks a growing Christian is how they respond to sin in their life.  We should be quick to recognize it, confess it to God, and then actively take steps to guard our hearts against it.  Only when we sincerely acknowledge our sins before God will we experience His transforming power in our lives.  Examine yourself before God and see what areas in your life you need to humbly say “My Bad!”