“Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.” Psalm 19:12-13 ESV
Recently I received an e-mail from an ex-colleague of mine whom I unknowingly offended at a planning meeting our two schools had together. She bore a grudge for four or five years just because I stepped on her feet while we were seated at the table. I did not apologise. I cannot remember the meeting let alone how I stepped on her feet. The message shocked me: firstly, for the fact that I committed an unknown sin and, secondly, that the she took offence over what I deem to be a minor thing. I thanked her for bringing the offence to my attention and for forgiving me.
This incident just reminded me of how we go through life leaving destruction in our wake. It also reminded me of how we deem certain offences negligible and others irredeemable; yet they are all the same in God’s eyes. That is why we can only but echo David’s prayer that God would forgive us of our unknown and presumptuous sins because even these can keep us from communing with God and keep those whom we offend from being intimate with God.
Dear Father, many are the sins I commit every day and a large proportion of these are unknown sins, character defects and errors in logic and belief. I pray Your forgiveness, Lord, and for the gift of a new heart in Jesus’ name, amen.