Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
Mercy Bay is a Canadian Arctic waterway in the Northwest Territories. It is a southern arm of M’Clure Strait on northeast Banks Island. It is a part of Aulavik National Park. In September 1851, Captain Robert McClure’s ship, HMS Investigator became ice trapped in Mercy Bay during his search for the Northwest Passage and the lost Sir John Franklin Expedition. By 1853, it was finally abandoned in the bay. The crew sledged over ice to Melville Island, where they were rescued.
You don’t have to watch a crime show on TV for very long before you see someone throw themselves on the mercy of the court. It is usually someone who has admitted their guilt and has shown remorse for what they have done. They have pled guilty and are looking for a lesser sentence than their crime would usually demand. As with much in our judicial system, this is a clearly Biblical principle. King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, wrote this in Proverbs 28:13: “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” God desires to offer mercy – this is why Jesus came, so that by taking the punishment our sins deserve, God could wipe away the sin and guilt of all who confess their sin and place their faith in Christ. Each one of us who has confessed our sin and trusted Jesus Christ has thrown themselves on the mercy of the heavenly court. And without exception, we have received the mercy that has been promised. If you have not thrown yourself on God’s court – confess your sins and renounce them in Jesus’ name. And you will experience God’s mercy.
These have been words from the heart.