Watching Our Behaviour

We all have times when we could have behaved better

Psalm 32:1-11

Reference: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭32:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: When picking up our toddler from daycare last week one of the staff informed me they had a little incident with him throughout the day. Unfortunately, it involved him biting someone!

While I was worried about his behaviour, the staff assured me that he admitted it was him and he apologised to the child involved.

While I certainly wasn’t happy about the biting, the behaviour afterwards gave me a little more reassurance. He had admitted guilt, felt shame and worked to make it better.

Application: We all have times when we could have behaved better. Some of these times are in our past, but some will also be in our future.

We need to be mindful of our behaviour at all times but our response to our behaviour can be just as important. If we are open to admitting fault and working towards making it better, it not only aids the person wronged but even ourselves.

We expect this behaviour of our toddlers, but often don’t follow the same example once we become adults. The situations are more complicated but the results are the same.

In Psalm 32 it outlines the impact our sin has on us and our relationship with God. He is willing to cover our sin if we are ready to admit it.

Don’t let your past actions hold you back from experiencing the best of life.

Prayer: Lord, may we come to You in openness and honesty about our behaviour. Forgive us when we do what is wrong. Amen.

What sin are you still holding onto?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.