“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
There is a price to pay for concealing our sin. A guilty conscious can lead to a downward spiral of fear, anger or shame. Unforgiveness can result in a bitter and hardened heart toward God. Soon we find ourselves ignoring the tug of the Holy Spirit calling us to repentance. But for many of us, the thought of others knowing about our sins is terrifying. We don’t even want to go to a counselor or Pastor. Fear of abandonment; the need to please others; a deep sense of shame, can keep us from dealing with our sin. Oh, we know it is there, but the thought of others knowing is too much to bear. So we slowly die, day by day our sins hidden from others, or so we think. Is the person that is in denial about their behavior really fooling anyone? Is the one that is acting out in anger in danger of being mistaken for a saint? No, but if we think no one knows, that is good enough. There is a way out. We need to lean on the love of God. We need to see that His love is greater than all our sins. That His love and power can free us from the fears that plague us. That He will never leave us or turn His back on us. When we really know the love of God, then we can confess our sins to Him and turn from them. And we will receive mercy. Mercy for our tired soul — tired from the entire masquerade. Mercy for our hardened heart. And where there is mercy, there is grace. Today, confess your sin. Turn from it and give it to God. He is waiting with open arms.
Father, I confess I have deep rooted sins. Sins I have been ashamed to admit. Sins I have been hiding from You and others. Today, I come and confess them. Be merciful and forgive me, I pray. Thank You for Your grace. In Jesus’ name.
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