Rev. Nathan Buchanan

Rev. Nathan Buchanan of First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells .

Sometimes our actions cause more damage than we realize. I recognized this truth again through a circumstance in my life.

A week or so ago, I drove my truck and a borrowed trailer to my uncle’s house to pick up two 800-pound round hay bales. I got there after dark with a plan to leave early in the morning for an appointment with my daughter’s orthodontist. So, at night with only the moon and a set of truck head lights providing illumination, my uncle loaded one bale of hay on the trailer and the second bale in the bed of my truck with his tractor. In the process of loading the second bale, he scraped the blade of the fork on the side rail of my truck and tore off the plastic cover.

The bale of hay also did not get positioned correctly. It leaned primarily onto the second rail and some on the rail that he scraped while loading the hay. I strapped down the hay and headed to my daughter’s appointment and then home. After unloading the hay from the trailer, I got a neighbor to help me unload the bale in the bed of the truck.

It was then, that I noticed the extent of the damage to my truck. The side rail of the bed of the truck was actually bent. Thankfully with the help of a friend at an automobile paint and body shop, the rail of the bed was repaired.

Mistakes happen, and sometimes we don’t notice the real damage until we move whatever is covering up the damage. The hay bale was covering up the damage to my truck. Once it was removed, it became evident that my truck was in need of repair. Sin can do the same in our lives. In the midst of sin, we do not see the damage it is doing to our lives and to those around us. However, once the sin comes into the light, it is exposed for what it is and the pain or consequences become evident.

It takes time to repair the damage caused by sin, and sometimes, there is no way to remove the consequences of sin. But, forgiveness can be found. Strength to move through the consequences of sin is also available for the asking.

In 1 John 1:9, the Apostle John writes, “If we confess our sins, [Jesus] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Jesus is better than any automobile paint and body shop. He alone can forgive sins, and He alone can cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When we believe in Christ and repent of our sins, Jesus gives us a new heart. He doesn’t take the old one and clean it up. He actually gives us a heart transplant. Now with our new heart, God sees us as clean. He sees us as He sees Christ, holy. No matter what you have done, Jesus is willing to make you new again.

The Apostle John says in 1 John 1:7, “If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

What are you waiting for? Walk in the light of Christ today and find freedom from sin. Whatever damage is revealed in the light, know God can help with repairs.

Rev. Nathan Buchanan is pastor of First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells.

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