The Cover Up

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 28

Gold Nugget
Verse 13: He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
                                                                                                                             
Commentary
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 as “Sin”. All sin (large or small) comes from the same origin. Likewise, all sin (large or small) end with the same result. What do we know of sin and its conception? James Chapter 1:14-15 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” All sin begins when we are drawn away by our own desires and ends with death. “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a) All sin (large or small) ends in death. If I live a life apart from 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 reign in our lives, relationships and so on. How long it takes for death to creep in and how much destruction sin brings should not be weighed for its worth. 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.” When we do sin, we can no longer pretend that it does not exist and try to "cover" it up. We need to be more concerned with how the Scriptures view sin and accept the truth of our weakness and allow God to remove it from our life through repentance.
  
Prayer
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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