Words from the Heart for Saturday November 18th, 2017
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
Conceal Your Sins
Repentance is called a “gift” from God. His goodness leads us to repent and forsake our sins. If we try instead to just cover up our sins we will end up living in dread and fear of being discovered. We never really “get away with it.” The blood of Jesus can cleanse us from our sin. The way we can receive that cleansing is through repentance. O what mercy. Yes, it is a gift indeed!
Unlike in the United States where it is legal to carry a concealed weapon in many parts of the country, in Canada it is generally prohibited. The exceptions are certain members of the law enforcement community and for the protection of life when an individual is in imminent danger and police protection is insufficient. As well, armoured car personnel may carry a concealed weapon, as can those who, while working and trapping, may face danger from wildlife. Licenses are very difficult to obtain.
It has been said that the only thing you get when you sweep something under the carpet is a bump in the carpet. And people trip over bumps in the carpet. In a spiritual sense, people try to conceal their sin. They do so using all sorts of things – drugs, alcohol, sex, entertainment. And all that happens is they continue downhill spiritually, sin piling on sin, guilt and shame added into the mix. How much better to confess the sin and turn from it. King Solomon wrote this in Proverbs 28:13: “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” Once again we see the wisdom of the kingdom of God. It is only when sin comes into the open that it loses its power. Those who refuse to confess their sin and repent will never prosper spiritually. When Solomon speaks of “turning from sin,” he is speaking of repentance. There is far more to it than simply feeling sorry for sin. It is the desire to turn from it and live a life that honours the Lord. It leads to spiritual prosperity.
These have been words from the heart.