Saving Grace versus Saving Face

confessing sin, not concealing our sins
Thirty-some years ago, my husband Michael reported our car stolen. He couldn't believe someone had taken it from his workplace parking lot. 

That same day, our young son lost his soccer ball and Michael gave him a fatherly lecture about responsibility.

Several days later, on his way to work, Michael discovered our car in an overflow parking lot ... where (for the first time ever) he'd parked it the day he'd reported it missing. 

In the backseat, he found our son's soccer ball.

Embarrassed, he notified the police of his error. And he sat down with our son and admitted he'd been the one at fault.

I suppose some men might have tossed the soccer ball in the nearest trash can instead of admitting their mistake to their son, but they'd have been the losers.

Integrity isn't about saving face. It's about facing sins and mistakes honestly.

"Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy." Proverbs 28:13

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