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“Little” White Lies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased. (Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 11, 16)

Mom told me about a “Dennis the Menace” show she saw. Dennis and Mr. Wilson (his neighbor) had each told a lie. Mr. Wilson told Dennis that his lie was only a “little white lie.” Dennis asked, “What color was mine?”

It’s hard for me sometimes to remember that my “little” sins aren’t little to God. When I wake up late and angrily yell at my husband because I feel rushed, it’s not just stress; it’s sin. God doesn’t “grade” sin the way we do. Telling a “little white lie” to protect ourselves isn’t as bad as committing adultery. “Borrowing’ paper from the office for our home printer (stealing), isn’t as bad as committing murder.

It’s not easy or comfortable for me to ask forgiveness from both my husband and God for what I consider “small” sins but I have to in order to keep building a relationship with them both.


thank You for sending Your Son to take away my sina.

Please help me to remember that my “little” sins aren’t really little.

I need Your forgiveness every day. Amen.

Sally Spoo
Avera Transplant Institute, Sioux Falls

1 KINGS 21:17-29 • PSALM 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 11 AND 16 • MATTHEW 5:43-48

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