Posted by: missionventureministries | May 9, 2019

WHEN WE CONFESS AND RENOUNCE SIN WE FIND MERCY – Proverbs 28:13

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

One of the sad truths is that Christians can sin. No matter how diligently we devote ourselves to practicing righteousness, sometimes we can fail and we sin. When we realize that we have disobeyed God, our immediate response should be to confess and get right with Him. However; we do not have to sin; sin is a choice, and NO, the devil didn’t make you do it.

The Bible tells us that, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). And the remedy available is also found in Scripture. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This forgiveness is based on the fact that the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin(1 John 1:7).

In the first part of verse 13 we find the world’s way of dealing with sin along with the result such action brings; “He who conceals his sins does not prosper.”

A sinner in his pride always wishes to be thought of better than he is; and since man’s conscience bears witness that his actions are evil, he seeks to cover or hide his sin.

When a person conceals their sin by denying it, it still does not remove its effects. God’s Word states that despite man’s effort to conceal his sin, “he shall not proper.” God’s natural, moral and spiritual laws cannot be avoided; He cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Although sin in its spiritual nature cannot be seen by human eyes and weighed by human scales, it is real and so are its effects.

The voice of God summoned Adam from his hiding place to receive his sentence (Genesis 3:9). Abel’s hidden blood cried from the ground in Genesis 5:10-12. Conscience lashed out and stole the joy of life from Joseph’s brothers (Genesis 42:21-23). Saul’s covering his sin cost him his kingdom (1 Samuel 15:21-23). The leprosy of Naaman clung to Gahazi and his seed forever (2 Kings 5:27). We need to understand that the deeds done in the deepest darkness are visible and clear to an omniscient God.

When we read the account of Achan in Joshua chapter 7; nothing was to be plundered from the city of Jericho, but Achan buried gold and clothing underneath his tent. When his sin was eventually discovered, he and his family died as a result. And here we see again that the man who conceals his sin shall not prosper. Rather than admit his guilt and perhaps call on the mercy of God or at least demonstrate reverence for Him, Achan attempted to hide and paid the price.

It is important to comprehend that the sins that entangle us must never be ignored because the transgression we try to cover up will eventually bring us down.

The opposite activity of concealing is confessing and forsaking our transgressions; “but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Genuine confession stands opposed to the covering of sin. “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1-2).

Confession is to be made to the one against who sin has been committed. All sin is against God; therefore all sin needs to be confessed to God. If acts of sin have also been committed against another person, confession should be made to them also.

We do not admit our wrongdoing for God’s benefit for He knows all. God demands complete confession for our good. Because, it brings the divine victory over pride and self-deception and initiates our return to God, just as we read in the story Jesus told about the prodigal son.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate” (Luke 15:17-24).

Notice that once sin is confessed and forsaken, mercy is found. Mercy means compassion or kind leniency shown toward an offender; resulting in not receiving the due justice for our sin. Once we earnestly confess and renounce, mercy places sin under the shed blood of Christ where it is forgotten and never remembered again by God (Hebrews 8:12, Isaiah 43:25).

This amazing forgiveness by our Lord and Savior should take us to our knees and pray each day as David did. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

Confession is the solution to the problem of guilt. What about you? Is there something in your life that you are covering up? It won’t work. You can’t fool God. Admit your transgression to the Lord and experience His mercy, love, and grace. Confession is the key that opens the door to forgiveness and purification of the soul.

God is the only One who has the solution and He gives us this wonder working promise, “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

It is only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that sin’s stain can be removed, and we can be forgiven and cleansed. So, how can we be inspired to not sin and live a life that honors God and our Savior?

Get to know God in His great Holiness, dignity and majesty and spend much time in prayer, reading the Word and humbly walking with Him. Humility is the best protection against sin, rebellion and pride. 

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