Lev 5 Maybe you remember the age-old treatment parents had for a lying child, which included washing one’s mouth out with soap. The taste is horrible and remains even after the incident, in hopes, perhaps, that this lingering taste will cause one to forgo lying when the next temptation arises. However, many of us must be slow learners because we might remember the parent doing it repeatedly. In Lev. 5, God is saying we must repent and seek forgiveness, whether the sin is intentional or unintentional sin and whether it is the first time or the umpteenth time. We have a choice; try to ignore it OR confess it. Just as our parents had to wash our mouths over and over, we may have to face our sins because even unintentional sins need God’s forgiveness.
What a blessing to know we have the indwelling Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts so that when we realize we are guilty before a holy God, we can seek God’s forgiveness and trust that He is faithful and righteous and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1John 1:9 paraphrase]
Do you need this today? Do not delay but listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.