USA – Guilty or innocent? May 28, 2020

    “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
(1 John 1:8)

Charles Spurgeon tells of a great English prince who on one occasion went to visit a famous king of Spain. The prince was taken down to the galleys to see the men who were chained to the oars and doomed to be slaves for life. The king promised in honor of the prince’s visit that he would set free any one of these men that the prince might choose. So the prince went to one and said, “My poor fellow, I am sorry to see you in this plight; how came you here?” He answered, “False witnesses gave evidence against me; I am suffering wrongfully.” On from man to man he went. Some would say, “I certainly did wrong, but to no great extent. I ought not to be here.” Others made similar excuses. Finally the prince came to one man who said, “Sir, I am often thankful that I am here, for I am sorry to own that if I had received my dues I would have been executed. I am certainly guilty of all that I am charged with, and my most severe punishment is just.” The prince replied to him, “It is a pity that such a guilty man should be chained to such innocent men as these, therefore I set you free.”

“If we confess our sins to one another, He is faithful and just to forgive.”
(1 John 1:9)