“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy,” Proverbs 28:13.
I am a knucklehead. If you do not believe me, just ask my wife, my mom, my church or my former high school principal. I often make poor choices and I sometimes try to hide my sins and pretend they do not exist. You know, just cover them up and pretend they did not happen. This is not really the way I want to be, but there is something within my flesh that causes me to do these things.
Can you relate?
It is what we do. We try to hide our sins. Honestly, it never seems to work out. Our sins always find us out. But we still camouflage them nonetheless. It is a part of that good old human nature, that corrupted flesh. How can we ever grow through learning from our mistakes if we are not admitting our wrongs? How do we prosper?
To prosper is to flourish. The only way we can truly flourish is by doing the opposite of covering our sins. We must confess our sins. What is the result of this confession? Mercy!
Mercy is simply compassion. It is not receiving the consequences we deserve. When we confess our sins and turn from them we experience the compassionate mercy of Almighty God. Sure, there are always some consequences that come with sin, but the measure of mercy God bestows always outweighs the consequence that sinfulness deserves.
Do you want to experience the mercy of the God of the universe? Then remember the formula and put it into practice. Confessing + Forsaking = Mercy.
Are you practicing the mercy formula?