“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
Have you done something that you know is wrong in God’s eyes? Have you confessed your sin with a contrite heart, or are you avoiding the issue, hoping the problem will go away?
Kids often do this. They may take something, for instance, sweeties they weren’t allowed to have, or push down a playmate. When we ask them if they did it, they look innocent and say, “No! It’s not me!” even when we saw them do it.
As parents, we know that we can’t let them get away with lying about what happened, because even if they deny it, they did something wrong and they must admit it and learn from their mistake. We may even say, “It’s okay that you pushed your sister/ brother, but lying about it is wrong. I’d rather you tell me the truth even if you did something bad than lie to me.”
Then why do we so often try to ignore our own sins? Perhaps we’ve evaded a bit on our tax return, or gossiped behind someone’s back.
Maybe we have cheated on our spouse or been unfair to our children. But whatever the sin, we cannot hide them from God. Like an observant parent, He sees our sins even if we don’t acknowledge them ourselves. But we need to confess them openly and honestly; only then will we learn from our mistakes and gain His mercy and forgiveness.
God asks us to confess so that we can move on – the burden of a ‘hidden’ sin is one we don’t have to carry.
If you have been avoiding confession of your sins, don’t wait another day. Lay all of them before God and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.
He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:46-47
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, which we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. Acts 10:43
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so. Hebrews 6:1-3
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:9-10