Proverbs 28:12-14 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief
What causes a Christian to sin? Some will say Satan is to blame. I guess in general Satan is to blame as he did come, tempt Eve, and brought sin to man. Nevertheless, commonly we do not sin because of Satan, we sin because of self.
What then keeps a Christian from asking for forgiveness of that sin? Often it is the same thing that caused them to commit the sin in the first place. They will somehow justify what they do in their own mind thus diminishing the guilt associated with it. They may tell themselves, “others are doing it, God would not want me to be unhappy, and this makes me happy.” If they cannot find a way to justify sin, they try to hide or even deny it.
In our text today, it says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Confession is not enough. To say you are sinning and then continue doing it is not repentance, it is just admission. You must plan to forsake your sin as well.
Do you know when most Christians who have hidden or justified their sin will finally admit they are sinning and ask for forgiveness? It is when their life gets into a mess. When the world does not seem to make sense anymore and trouble or sorrow has gathered all around them. Suddenly they will look at their life, and all their sin becomes visible. It is then they begin asking themselves if their sin may be the cause of their troubles. Why do we wait until our life is in such a mess? Why not come to Jesus today, confess, and forsake our sins. He is there with open arms waiting and willing to help us.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
1 John 1:9 still says; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” However, we must confess them and be willing to forsake them. God is waiting with the blood of His Son to cleanse us. Why not come to Him today?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Acts 21 – 24 / Proverbs 28:12-14
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Ezekiel 17-20 / James 2
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