The drunk husband snuck up the stairs quietly. He looked in the bathroom mirror and bandaged the bumps and bruises he’d received in a fight earlier that night. He then proceeded to climb into bed, smiling at the thought that he’d pulled one over on his wife. When morning came, he opened his eyes and there stood his wife.
“You were drunk last night weren’t you!”
“Well, if you weren’t, then who put all the band-aids on the bathroom mirror?”
When it comes to wrongs, that’s how we tend to try to make them right. Duck, dodge and cover.
Or even better, figure out a way to make the wrong seem right.
Isn’t that what happened at the garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve, eat from any tree here except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The very next scene Eve is standing in front of that tree. The serpent tempts her and she bites. Then Adam takes his turn with the fruit.
Next scene they are trying to hide, run for cover. God comes looking for them, of course he finds them. He always does. Where can you hide from the Lord.
” Why were you hiding?”
“We were naked and ashamed.”
” Who told you that? Have you eaten . . .” parents tend to ask questions when they already know the answers.
Adam immediately goes into damage control. “It was this woman that you gave me.”
Do you feel the implications? Not only is it the woman’s fault. , but God, you are partially to blame because you gave her to me. You gave me a bad woman! The best defense is a good offense. Eve blames the serpent. Nobody takes responsibility. They’ve put band-aids on the mirror.
Here’s a better way to deal with wrongs.
Two words that change everything. “I’m sorry.” Then follow it up with “Please forgive me.”
That will work wonders with your relationships. And it will keep things healthy with the Lord.
Psalm 32: 3-5
3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.