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Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas is home to the Department of Defense maximum-security prison.
When we were stationed there,* they had a rehab program allowing prisoners on good behavior to bag groceries at the commissary and attend some Christian women’s meetings at the post chapel.
These men, all who’d committed serious crimes, were accompanied by guards, but this didn’t keep the majority from telling us they were innocent whenever they had a chance.
You and I can be the same way about our lesser “crimes,” and that’s why God says:
“If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves…But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:8-9).
Confession draws us closer to God because He esteems those who are humble and contrite (Isaiah 66:2). Today let’s ask God if there are any areas of our lives where we are fooling ourselves.
* My husband was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas twice in his 22-year Army career. I understand that they no longer allow prisoners these privileges.
To read another devotion about our time at Ft. Leavenworth and a criminal who attended our Bible Study: Are All Sins the Same?