GUEST POST: My Secret Sin

GUEST POST Written By Melissa Tomlinson

There was a time a few years ago where my sins were so hidden, it was the heaviest weight I had ever carried. I was miserable, I felt alone, I just wanted everything to end. It got to the place where I either had to confess my sin, or keep living with the pain of guilt and shame everyday.

And so. I confessed.

I went to my Pastor’s house, and to be honest, I was ready to have it. I was ready to receive disapproval, disappointment, and ready to face the consequences of my actions.

What happened that night, changed the course of my life.

I drove up to her house, took a deep breath in, and left my car with my head hung low. As I started up the driveway, I was bracing myself to see the disappointment in her eyes when she answered her door.

When all of a sudden, she came bursting out of her house, running to me with open arms, tears streaming down her face, and embraced me with the warmest hug!

Over the next couple of hours, she constantly told me how much she cared, how I was going to be ok, and that I was loved.

That moment is often what I think of now whenever life gets a little tough.

If she was willing to receive me with arms wide open during the most vulnerable time in my life, how much greater is God’s love for me in my most vulnerable moments?

Romans 8:37-39 (NLT)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

I know now, that nothing can separate me from God’s love. No matter what I do, no matter how many times I fail, I know just like my Pastor, God is running to me with arms wide open. Ready and willing to help me overcome.


Melissa Tomlinson

Melissa Tomlinson

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