Unloading Garbage

“It stinks in here,” I complained.

My boarding school roommate replied, “I don’t smell anything.”

A few days passed and I crinkled my nose in disgust. “Something reeks,” I told him again, “and I’m going to find it.” He now agreed and we searched our dorm room for the culprit. But nothing turned up.

After a week, the musty, rotten odor continued. We left our window wide open and scratched our heads.

“Anyone who hides his sins doesn’t succeed. But anyone who admits his sins and gives them up finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13 NIRV).

One evening as we studied with a fan running in the window, my roommate was digging in his closet looking for the suit he wore in a traveling singing group. “We have a concert tomorrow. I’ve got to find it.”

Suddenly the lights came on. He walked over to his bed, reached underneath and pulled out his suitcase. When he flipped it open, there sat his suit, damp and moldy. “Oops. When I got it wet in a drenching rain last month,” he confessed, “I tossed it in my suitcase and forgot all about it!”

This reminds me of how much sin stinks. Our mistakes, left unresolved, foul our lives with a putrid smell. We might try to cover our wrongs or pretend they don’t exist. But hiding them away doesn’t fix our defects. There’s really only one way to unload this garbage – confession.

God promises that if we confess our offenses to Him, He will take them away and cleanse our lives. The Lord is ready to show us kindness and remove the smell of sin. We just need to humbly open the suitcase of our hearts and confess.