“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NIV
Jesus promises to forgive us if we confess our sins with a repentant heart. Then why is it so hard for many to admit their sins? One reason is they don’t have a repentant heart. Some have lied to themselves so much about their sins they believe they’re wrongs are right. It’s always what others are doing to them, they’re never wrong. Or they’re never wrong enough to see the need to repent.
Fear keeps many from confessing their sins. They’re horrified of how others will view them if they tell the truth. They’re afraid of destroying relationships if they admit to the evil they’ve done. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to admit to a spouse that you have cheated? Nevertheless it must be done to have friendship with God. But people would rather have the approval of one another than the approval of God who says if we confess and renounce our sins He will show us mercy. When we pretend to be who we are not (live a double life) this is a form of deception and manipulation. And many who live like this call themselves Christians.
If a person doesn’t know the first thing about confession of guilt because of sin how can they be a servant of Christ? Confession of sins with a repentant heart is Jesus 101. This is the very basics of Jesus’ teachings. We see it throughout the Bible. Being convicted of one’s sins and confessing them is the first step to getting to know God. So if someone claims to be a believer but just can’t own up to their sins they are lying. (1 John 1:7-10) They may not know it but Satan has deceived them greatly. He has a strong hold on them.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 KJV
GOD SAYS to confess your faults (sins is also the meaning of the Greek word here) to one another, and pray for one another. And the reward He says is, “THAT YE MAY BE HEALED.” This matches Proverbs 28:13 which says those who confess and renounce their sins find God’s mercy. I don’t know about you but I prefer God’s mercy over how I’m viewed by you or anyone else. So I’m gonna tell on myself! That’s what confession means; to squeal on yourself, not anybody else. I’m gonna share my faults and sins, with my brothers and sisters and ask them to pray for me. God says if I do this I get healed. I want God’s healing. I desire that way more than how I’m viewed by others. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about because you feel the same way too. So let us keep obeying God and be willing to share our mess-ups and mishaps with one another. This also encourages the brethren by letting them know they’re not the only ones going through this struggle with sin. (Galatians 5:17)
People who conceal their sins are operating in deceit. They are walking in the power of darkness. They have opened the door wide for Satan to come in and destroy them. Let us please never make that horrible mistake. The flames of hell are waiting for those who refuse to confess, renounce, and repent of their sins. For those who put good for evil and darkness for light eternal flames in the lake of fire will be their reward. (Revelation 21:8) Then it will be too late to confess. Nothing can be done then. Confess and renounce your wrongs now, and turn from doing evil to doing good NOW, before it is too late!
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TRUE SEEKERS OF GOD
If you are a servant of God who can admit your sins these next comforting passages are for you. Fakers like to use them as a license to sin. (Jude 1:4) But these next verses are truly yours.
“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:14-25 NIV
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 NIV
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14 KJV
“He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” Acts 10:43 NLT
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that 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 we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:7-10 KJV
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