Hot water heaterWhere is the hot water heater in your house? Is it outside, under the house or is it inside your garage? Possibly in a closet somewhere?

Ours is in a garage closet. Because of limited storage space, we have a refrigerator that sits in front of the closet.

This morning my husband happened to notice water on the garage floor. Upon further investigation, he discovered the water wasn’t coming from the refrigerator, as he first thought; rather the water was coming from the hot water heater. Needless to say, we have a plumber on the way to determine the damage and repair it.

Since the water heater is hidden, it isn’t something we pay attention to regularly. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the water on the garage floor, the warning sign, we wouldn’t have noticed a problem at all. Left unchecked, the potential damage that could have been done is substantial.

The same can be said about unchecked sin in our lives.

Whether it’s sin we’ve committed or sin committed towards us, unchecked sin can be devastating and even deadly.

Covering it up and attempting to ignore it only increases the damage. Psalm 32:5 says,

Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and You forgave the guilt of my sin.”

God is a good Father [Matthew 7:11]. He doesn’t just sit around waiting for us to mess up so He can smear our faces in our mistakes. He loves us and chooses to forgive, every time.

1 John 1:9 tells us,

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

After all, He already knows. Nothing in heaven and on earth is hidden from Him [Hebrews 4:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5]. By purging ourselves of it, He is able to come in and fix what needs fixing and make things right again.

If it is something that has been done to us, it is important to reveal that also, so it can be dealt with.

God knows emotional wounds left unchecked can fester like a physical wound, compounding the problem.

Just like a small child brings a broken toy to his father to repair, the Lord encourages us to bring our broken hearts to Him so He can repair them [Psalm 55;22, 1 Peter 5:7]. He takes our darkness and turns it into beautiful light, as only He can do [Psalm 18:28, Micah 7:8].

Take a good look in your life? Do you see any warning signs of problems? If so, deal with them quickly before they have opportunity to do great damage.