by Richard W. De Haan
"God, be merciful to me a sinner!" (Luke 18:13)
The great "prince of preachers", Charles Haddon Spurgeon, used to tell the story of a duke who boarded a galley ship and went below to talk with the criminals manning the oars. He asked several of them what their offenses were. Almost every man claimed he was innocent, blaming someone else or accusing the judge of taking a bribe.
One young fellow, however, replied: "Sir, I deserve to be here. I stole some money. No one is at fault but me, I'm guilty." Upon hearing this, the duke shouted: "You scoundrel, you! What are you doing here with all these honest men? Get out of their company at once!" The duke ordered that this prisoner be released. He was set free, while the rest were left to tug at the oars. The key to this prisoner's freedom was his admission of guilt.
That's also true in salvation. Until a person is willing to admit, "I'm a sinner in need of salvation," he cannot experience freedom from guilt and condemnation.
Have you ever said, "I plead guilty"? If not, do so right now. You can save yourself, so receive the Lord Jesus as your Saviour by placing your trust in Him. Then, once you are set free from sin's guilt and power, you will know the joy of forgiveness and freedom.
Sin brings fear;
Confession brings freedom
This page was created on 12 May 1998
Last updated on 12 May 1998
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