July28.2Good Morning, Friend!  We are nearing the end of the month and have read through the book of Proverbs yet again.  There is always a certain satisfaction in a goal reached, an objective accomplished and so it is nice to come to the point of again ending our month with the knowledge that we have been diligent to seek wisdom throughout it.

Chapter 28 is our chapter to read today and verse 13 tells us that “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”

Have you ever found that we may think that we are concealing sin and may in fact be doing so to a certain extent from others, but many times the sin we are concealing is being concealed from ourselves most of all?  How often do we justify sin in our own minds?  How often do we negate to some extent the consequences that we will face in our minds?  To use a simplistic example, how often do we take one more helping at dinner, justifying the extra portion through telling ourselves that we will work out harder at the gym later, or telling ourselves that one more bite (or helping) will not add poundage???  In another area, how many times do we tell a “little” lie, which then needs more lies to cover the first one and yet when telling the first “little” lie, we conceal the fact of what it is from even ourselves through excusing it as “little”?  In yet another example, a friend tells about watching some co-workers viewing porn on their phones and yet when he questions them about how they want their daughters treated when they become adults, they cannot admit that these same women they are viewing are in actuality someone’s daughter who needed to be protected from exploitation in the same way that they would want to protect their own children.  I am sure that you can think of several other ways in which we conceal (excuse?) our sins from ourselves as well.

Yet this verse tells us that if we will confess and turn from those sins, mercy will be ours.  One simple definition for mercy is that one does not receive that which they deserve.  The second half of Luke 6:35 tells us about God; “for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” And goes on to admonish the reader in verse 36 to “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (NASB)  In Hebrews 2:17, we are told that “Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.” (NLT)  Is it not comforting to know that we have a God who is merciful and comes to our aid as soon as we admit to ourselves and to Him, that we have sinned and are in need of repentance?

My Response Today:  Heavenly Father, I ask today that you would point out to me any way in which I am concealing sin from myself and/or excusing it somehow.  Thank you for your great mercy which is activated through confession of sin and turning away from it!

While sin is not something that is pleasant for us to admit to or to deal with, Friend, we can rest assured that God is faithful to forgive and to extend mercy when we come to Him.

1 John 1:9  “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”