July 8, 2017
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13
Living with secret sin may not impact your wallet. In fact, the money may keep rolling in and piling up. Living with secret sin may not impact your career. In fact, the ladder may keep on extending as you make the climb. Living with secret sin may not impact your golf game. In fact, your handicap may go lower and lower. Living with secret sin may not impact your friendships. In fact, no one may ever know.
But living with secret sin does real damage to your heart. Sin will cause your soul to shrivel. Your love for God will shrink. Your heart will become hardened. Your spiritual thinking will be dulled. Your spiritual emotions will become cold. And you can be sure that sooner or later, your sin will find you out and you will be neck deep in consequences. Sin always produces consequences.
It's time to change course. God's great mercy is just a step away from secret sin. When you admit your sin and walk away from it, you will find the relief of forgiveness. Instead of the stress of secret sin, restoration will come to your contrite soul. Instead of hiding in secret, you can walk openly in the freedom of obedience. It's time to stop the secret games and make the journey home to God's welcoming arms of mercy.
Father, thank You for the promise of forgiveness. Give us the courage to confess our sins and the desire to come back home. In Jesus' name. Amen.