The Sunday Message

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NCV)
You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win!

But don’t cheat…

2 Timothy 2:5 (NCV)
Also an athlete who takes part in a contest must obey all the rules in order to win.

This past week three former baseball players received enough votes to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The honor was overshadowed some by talk about the steroid era. During that time some baseball players used performance-enhancing drugs (PED) to enhance their already great talent. Some voters are adamant that nobody from that era should get into the hall of fame, even if they did not get caught or test positive for PEDs. Basically a few folks believe just playing during that time means you don’t deserve entry into the Hall of Fame.

Several athletes that I thought highly of, and I defended vigorously on this website, confessed to using the PEDs. The last one was Lance Armstrong. Although Armstrong contended for years and years that he was clean, he finally admitted to cheating.

Maybe this sounds weird to non-believers, but I bet Armstrong feels better after coming clean. He no longer lives a lie. He can start rebuilding his life.

It’s like confessing your sins to God – you feel better afterwards. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 (NCV), But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.

Although people may take longer to forgive those of us who have messed up, God’s forgiveness is automatic – if we ask!


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