“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Pro 28:13)
One of the down sides of an omnipotent God is that He sees everything. We have nowhere to hide. In fact, He knows what we are going to do even before we do it. Every dumb, crazy thing we will choose to do between now and when we die He is already fully aware of. We cannot surprise Him in any way.
So if we fall, let’s not find a dark corner and have a pity party; let’s not get into condemnation, saying, “God can never use me.” Let’s not stop meeting with Him as we wallow in our own disappointment and pride.
God has already forgiven you. He provided full pardon at the cross for all the sins of all men for all time. It is finished. Confess your sin, receive God’s mercy, and move on.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for Your mercy, Jesus. Amen.
“Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done.’” (Jos 7:20)
Guilt is a terrible burden. Fear of consequences can be all consuming. There is something cleansing, right, and proper about owning up and facing the consequences of receiving forgiveness.
God will always forgive even when we can’t forgive ourselves. His forgiveness knows no bounds. There is nothing you have done, are doing, or will do that is beyond the forgiveness of God. He has already provided for all the forgiveness you will need.
While men may not forgive, God will always, always forgive. Put your confidence in Him, and let Him deal with the consequences. Your conscience will be clean, and God will deal with what happens. You may well pay a human price, but your heart will be free.
Quick Prayer: I confess what I have done wrong and will put it right. Amen.
“Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and renounce them find mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
This almost sounds old fashioned or even just a religious ritual. Yet we are implored to confess and renounce our sins. This was what bought us into the kingdom in the first place.
Take some time to confess, wait on God, confess a little more and receive that wonderful knowledge and feeling, of complete cleansing. It will clear your mind, refresh your spirit and enliven your soul.
There is infinite mercy for those who confess, but concealing them does have consequences.
Quick Prayer. “Forgive me Lord for all my sins.” Amen