Verse 13: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
If we were in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, we would begin by saying, “Hello, my name is ___ and I am an alcoholic”. It’s an underlining principle that the individual comes to terms with their weakness. As we discussed in the devotion entitled, “An Intervention”, all works of the flesh fall under the heading of “Sin”. All sin (large or small) ends in death. If I avoid repentance towards God, I will inherit death. This is according to the scriptures, but death from sin does not always wait until the end. If I engage in the sin of adultery, I could inherit the death of a marriage. If I engage in stealing, I could inherit the death of my freedom. Simply said, sin is destructive and does not always wait for the end before death starts to spread in our lives, relationships and so on.
A fool will weigh the death of a marriage against the present pleasures and allow death to creep in. Sin and its deadly destruction will take more than you bargain for. Many of us have the wrong attitude towards sin. We measure how big the sin is, when actually it all has the same end. I don’t want to die of a slow agonizing death any more than I want to die from a fall off a building. They both end in death. Sin is sin and I don’t want to deny or cover it up. I would rather confess it and have it removed far from me. I don’t want to be like the man in today’s “gold nugget”. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
Lord, I thank you for how true you have been to me. I am grateful for the revealing affect the Light of your Word has in showing me the sin in my life and I purpose to allow your grace and mercy to provoke repentance. Amen
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