London held its breath in June 1987.
A construction foreman thought his men had hit a cast iron pipe while using a pile driver. After lifting and dropping the huge object, they realised the “pipe” was a bomb! It was a 2200 pound World War II bomb: one of the largest used by the Germans during the blitz, which had killed 15,000 Londoners.
After evacuating the area, a ten man disposal team worked for 18 hours to successfully de-activate the device.
London held its breath in June 2008.
A team of Royal Engineers from the British Army defused another giant 2200 pound World War II bomb discovered during construction work for the 2012 Olympic Games. At one stage the bomb started to tick but it was successfully de-activated on the 64th anniversary of D-Day.
(and therefore unforgiven sin)
is like an unexploded bomb!
Just as the London bombs had rested in the ground for decades, unconfessed sin can rest in the heart of an individual – or a Church. Unless it is de-activated through repentance and forgiveness, it can detonate at any time and cause tremendous damage.
Unresolved buried emotions such as anger, hatred, unforgiveness, resentment, grudges, jealousy, ill-will, shame, guilt, and grief can be like buried bombs and can be easily triggered and detonated. Bottled up feelings, like buried old bombs, is a very dangerous course to follow. Sinful habits are also like buried bombs waiting to claim a captive. We need to get them out in the open and defuse them.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (Amplified)
When angry, do not sin;
do not ever let your wrath, exasperation or indignation
last until the sun goes down.
Leave no such room or foothold for the devil.
Don’t give him that opportunity.
1 Peter 5:8
Be vigilant because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
prowls about, seeking whom he may devour.
1 John 2:1
If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ, the Righteous.
In Whom we have redemption through His blood,
even the forgiveness of sins
For those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, who do not believe that He died to pay the penalty for their sin, the invitation from a loving God is clear:
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to God except by Me
For Christ suffered once for sin, the Just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God
1 Peter 3:28
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life;
but he who does not believe the Son shall not see life,
but the wrath of God abides on him.