Proverb 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
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.
Temptation, which is an enticement to sin, has always been satan’s main weapon to separate a child of God from his relationship with God. Temptation is not a sin, even Jesus was tempted Hebrews 2:18. Temptation is common to man for every man is tempted 1 Corinthians 10:13. Temptation has no power if we have no desire for the bait James 1:14. Temptation is not irresistible James 4:7, and yet the Bible still gives encouragement to those who are still struggling with sin and have failed. We need to know what to do when we mess up.
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.” Those who confess and forsake it get mercy. Don’t try to re-word it or phrase it in better sounding terms to lessen the darkness of it. Tell on yourself and see it for what it really is which is sin. Confess it to God and abandon your excuses. Have godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10) turn away from it and forsake it (leave it; do not go back to it; neglect it). Don’t stop there, do whatever it takes to get back up. Judge yourself and get back on course Hebrews 12:11-13. Make straight paths for your feet or a plan for recovery.
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:
- “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,” Philippians 1:6.
- “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 Romans 8:35-39.”
- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9.
- “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee,” Psalm 86:5.