“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.” – Proverbs 28:13
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The power of repentance is so great that it allows us to change our ways from those of our past. It does not mean that we will never commit a mistake, but it does mean that we take the time to understand that something within us may not be right and that a careful inspection of ourselves is needed.
From personal experience, I have had difficulties with many things being accumulated over the past. I have learned so much about myself recently about incidents or sins that I have struggled with from speaking negatively to the devastation that pornography can have on one’s life. All this happens over an accumulation of time when these sins seem to fill in the numbness or emptiness that we fill at times or eliminate the stress momentarily. However, they are never to be used as ways to momentarily resolve the issues that are in us and that affects us.
This is why careful inspection of our lives is important to consider ways that we can acknowledge our sin and be able to remedy the situation rather than allowing the sin to get larger and larger. This is why we need to have community with fellow Christians to be able to speak about the troubles and sins that we experience in order to pray for each other and guide each other over the situations we may be facing. In Proverbs 28:13, it states that “whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper” meaning we need to speak about our transgressions and our sins in order to prosper.
If I have transgressed against anybody either through omission or commission, I repent of this. Over the years, I was in a very difficult place where I did not know what I was actively doing. I was not bridling my tongue and felt that I knew better than most. Either way pride and arrogance takes a toll on individuals and can cause tremendous pain on top of the pain that already exists. Therefore, we must be able to acknowledge our sins and be able to ask our Heavenly Father to forgive us of our transgressions. The next part shows us that we are to. “but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” We are to confess our sins and forsake them in order to obtain mercy.
By confessing our sins, we are showing our fear of the LORD since ultimately He sees everything that we do. If we continue sinning and do not confess our sins, we are causing our heart to turn into stone. A heart of stone will quickly be too heavy to carry us. The springs of life are not flowing through that heart and can quickly lead us to continued sin. I love you brothers and sisters.