Trevor started a new job. On his first day, he noticed a box of bagels in the break room, with a sign that read, “Please drop in a quarter for every bagel.”
After a few days, Trevor noticed that no one seemed to be monitoring the payment system. So he’d occasionally take a bagel without leaving a quarter in its place. No one knew but him. As insignificant an infraction as this seemed, the guilt and shame eventually became unbearable.
Millions of men take an “innocent” look at attractive women every day. They reason that their lustful thoughts aren’t hurting anyone. No one knows what they are doing except themselves. But that eventually becomes enough.
Sean Chandler resigned after serving on the ministerial staff at his church for eight years, due to secret sin in his life that no one else ever discovered. Writing for Relevant magazine, he said, “Sin grows in the dark and it shrinks in the light.”
Your secret sin is deadly – to you, whether anyone else ever discovers it or not.
Recovery Step: David confessed, “God, you know what I have done wrong; I cannot hide my guilt from you” (Psalm 69:5). The answer is to come clean before your sin destroys you from the inside out.