A young toddler fell on the cement and badly skinned her knees. Once the tears subsided and the pain went away, they girl went back to playing. Soon she noticed the nasty red scrapes on her knees. Her reaction was to continually pull her dress down over her knees. She wanted to cover up the ugly, but what she doesn’t know is that to get rid of it quickly she needs to focus on treating it, not just try to hide it away.
We do the same with our sin. We try to cover it up, put a bandaid on it. And we try to do this all the time. We don’t want to talk about what the real difficulties are that are going on in our lives. We think if we just fill our time, the sin will go away by itself. Confronting sin isn’t something only you struggle with, look around the church, we all want to just cover it up until it goes away. There is almost any other topic we would rather discuss with one another than our own personal struggles.
Jesus can tell your sin to leave, and it will be gone. Jesus is the healer. Jesus cast out demons numerous times in the Gospels and even people at his time were uncomfortable with sin, just as we are today. In fact, when the Pharisees called him out in Matthew 12, Jesus’ response was this: “How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.” v.29
When it comes to sin, we must confront Satan face to face about it. We can’t just ignore it or cover it up. We must be honest, open, and willing to step into that uncomfortable place.
“ Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed…” James 5:16
This is what happens in true, authentic, Gospel centered church community. May we become uncomfortable in order to tie up the evil one.