Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
My children were never taught to lie. They just did.
When asked what they’d done or an accident that happened while paying in the house, they came to a decision point.
Do I tell the truth and incur the consequences?
Or, do I tell a lie and see if I can get away with it?
We taught them early on the biblical principle:
Numbers 32:23 “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Though man may not see us or ever find out, God was there when we sinned and saw the whole thing. We are already guilty.
Early on, I learned a precious truth; to keep short accounts.
To keep short accounts in all my relationships, I must first begin with God. Once I sin, I must go to God in repentance and ask for cleansing.
As in our passage, I find that I will receive mercy through confession and repentance.
We fear because we feel we are risking the loss of God’s love and acceptance.
God promises we will always have and never lose His love and acceptance.
How is it that we apply human characteristics to a holy God?
Most often, the axioms and principles of the Bible are simple and straightforward. It is in the application that we stumble. Fessing up, as it is known, or confessing means a certain amount of blame goes to us and shame because of it.
Only when humility reigns in our hearts can we come to the place of true repentance, mercy, and forgiveness. Therein lies the problem.
If we find it hard to repentance over any sin, it is because of pride and selfishness.
Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
To hold any sin in higher regard than my relationship with God will hinder my prayers. I do not know about you, but I need all the help I can get concerning my prayers’ answers.
Today, start and continue through your day, sweeping the house of your heart and keeping it with all the diligence you can muster.
When you do, I believe God will help you stay on that path and make it that much easier to come to Him the next time we fall.