Proverb 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work, in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
We start out as Christians as new creations in Christ where old things are passed away and all things are become new (within our spirit man and nature). God’s plan is for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and go on towards perfection or maturity. As we grow and develop our relationship with the Lord we can sometimes stumble, fall, sin, and make mistakes. At those times that we mess up we need to fess up and get back up and go at it again . There is nothing gained by being dishonest about our mistakes or living in denial. Proverb 28:13 says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Another translation says, “He that refuses to admit his mistakes will not prosper but if he confesses and forsakes them he gets another chance.”
These truths are not suggesting that we have a license to sin or a provision so we can sin because the goal is that we sin not. It is if we do sin there is hope that we can get back up and not be utterly cast down. We may have to live with the consequences of our actions but once we repent we need to get back in fellowship with God and get back in the race set before us. We cannot pay for the grace of forgiveness, only receive it, and believe we are forgiven.
It is also good to assure our heart of God’s commitment to our maturity. He will not give up on us, leave us, or forsake us. We should never lose sight of this commitment to us:
1. GOD’S COMMITMENT – Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work, in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
2. GOD’S LOVE – Romans 8:38,39 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. GOD’S FAITHFULNESS – 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
4. GOD’S GOODNESS AND MERCY – Psalm 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.