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During the 1700’s, Frederick II, King of Prussia, visited a prison in Berlin. While interacting with the inmates, he was bombarded with their protests of innocence. “Unjustly accused, incriminated, framed!” These were the complaints confided to him.

Amidst the commotion, the king spotted one man sitting alone in a corner. To the king’s question of why he was incarcerated, the prisoner answered. “Armed robbery, Your Honor.” “Are you guilty?” the king asked. “Yes sir,” the captive replied. “I entirely deserve my punishment.”

The surprised king then issued the following order: “Release this guilty man. I don’t want him corrupting all these innocent people!”

In today’s world, convicted felons still occasionally have their sentences commuted and are released back into society early. In most cases however, it is because new DNA evidence has revealed their innocence. Rarely does a man or woman admit their guilt to a crime. But when they do, they are almost never set free without serving their time.

God's Economy

Not so in God’s economy. The Lord sets people free who are guilty, but only when they confess.

Another person of royalty and musical talent, King David, exerted a major influence on the Bible book of Psalms. The author proclaimed, “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free” (Psalms 118:5). Although we don’t know for certain that King David was the author of this song, it certainly fit his situation. For, prior to this, he had confessed to God his sins of adultery and murder.

Again, in Psalm 146:7 we read, “…the Lord sets prisoners free…”

Now, David was not in jail. He was a king. But prior to his confession and pardon, his crimes, or sins, had incarcerated him in a cage of guilt. The bars that held him were not made of iron but of anguish. When he confessed, God’s forgiveness broke the shackles and set him free!

The Lord is waiting to do the same for each one of us. Whatever it is that has you pent up, emotionally (if not physically) behind bars, can and will be forgiven if you confess it to Jesus. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:19).

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