The Big Cover Up!

1john1_9“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
-Proverbs 28:13

I heard a speaker the other day talking about an incident form his childhood. He had been playing in a room where he wasn’t supposed to play. It was the room his Mom kept her Hummel figurines. While playing he accidentally knocked one of figurines off its shelf and it fell and broke. He immediately realized how much trouble he was in, so he tried to put the figuring back on the shelf and put the pieces just right so it would look like nothing happened.

It’s usually our first response, isn’t it? When we realize we’ve done something wrong, we try to cover it up. We don’t want to face the consequences. Sometimes we go to extreme lengths to cover up our sins. We may be able to hide it from some people, but we can’t hide it from God.  What tends to happen is that we end up carrying around the burden of the sin in terms of guilt or paranoia that someone will find out. And when we are found out, the consequences are often worse than they would have been if we’d just owned up to our sin.

This proverb is interesting, however, in its comparison.  It doesn’t say that those who conceal their sins will not prosper, but those who confess their sins find success.  It says those who confess their sins and renounce them find mercy.  When we bring out sins before the Lord in humble repentance, we receive not what we deserve, but the grace and mercy of Christ.  1 John 1:8-9 says it this way:

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If you have been concealing a sin, why not go ahead and confess it now and receive grace and forgiveness from a loving and merciful God.

Heavenly Father,

I need to confess.  I have been trying to hide my sin of ______________.  Please forgive me and help me to turn from this sin.  In Your holy name I pray.

Amen.

-Pastor Kurt

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