The consequences of denying sin vary, but perhaps the worst of these is broken fellowship with God. The Israelites enjoyed God’s close and constant presence until they began to harbor unconfessed sin in their hearts. As a result, they were instructed to continue their journey into the Promised Land without God’s presence. God said, “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way” (Exodus 33:3). 

King David was deemed a man after God’s own heart, but he knew the misery of broken fellowship with God. Throughout the Psalms, David beseeched God for restoration of fellowship with pleas such as, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1). David also knew that not all sin is easily identified, but can cleverly hide in the corners of the heart. Desiring to bring unconfessed and hidden sin to light, David prayed, “Search me, O 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).

The good news of the gospel is that God is compassionate and gracious. He is slow to anger. He is abounding in love and faithfulness, and forgiving of wickedness, rebellion, and sin (Exodus 34:6-7). While sin breaks fellowship with God, grace restores that fellowship. Sin builds a barrier between God and man, but grace tears it down. Sin stains us, makes us unclean and unfit for God’s presence, but grace washes us, clothes us in righteousness, and enables us to enjoy his sweet and loving fellowship. This grace is freely offered to us is through Christ alone. He bids us to come to him and repent of sin, that he might live in and through us, and that we might rest in his amazing grace. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Lord, burst open the doors of my heart and reveal the sins I try to cover up. Scoop out the infections that have taken hold and cleanse me through your atonement. Fill the gaping hole with your righteousness and apply the soothing balm of your forgiveness. Then, Lord, stitch me back together again with your hands of mercy and, by your grace, make me stronger than before. Do this all for your glory and honor. Amen.

Ginger Plowman, author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Heaven at Home, and No More Whining: Three Easy Steps to Whine-Free Living is the founder of Preparing the Way Ministries for which she speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences and home school conventions across the country.  Visit her website at www.GingerPlowman.com.