Only a Nail

A man wanted to sell his house in Haiti for two thousand dollars. Another man wanted to buy it; but, because he was poor, he could not afford the full price. After some bargaining the seller agreed to sell the house for half the asking price, with one simple stipulation. He would retain ownership of one small nail protruding from just over the door. Several years passed. The original owner wanted to repurchase the house, but the new owner did not want to sell. The first owner found the carcass of a dead dog, and hung it on the single nail he still owned. Not long afterwards the house became available.

Sin in relationships is real. If we do not fight it daily and confess it when we fail, the devil will come and hang his decaying refuse on the exposed nail of our hearts. Therefore, let us resolve to confess our sins and enjoy God’s forglveness. -Mike Winkler, Huntsville, Alabama

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

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