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WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT OUR SINS?
Sin hinders our fellowship with God. There is no breaking of our sonship relationship to God, but a cloud comes between us; our fellowship with God is broken. It is therefore God’s desire that every one of us as Christians should not sin.
John says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (I John 2:1). God does not want us to sin. Nowhere in Scripture is there any encouragement whatsoever for Christians to sin.
Some excuse sin and make it less than a serious matter. However, according to the word of God it is a very serious thing when a Christian sins. The average Christian gets confused about sin and the Christian life. Here is a Christian that does something he ought not to do. At that moment Satan rushes in to accuse his heart. His conscience also condemns him. He is frustrated and confused because he has fallen into sin. He becomes discouraged and thereafter lives a defeated life as a Christian. He feels that it is hopeless to think that he could be fruitful again in the Lord’s service. Therefore, he has no joy and if he is not careful he will become bitter. Bitter toward people, and bitter with life in general.
We have two alternatives when sin comes into our life:
CONCEALMENT: First of all, when we sin as a Christian we can cover our sin. If we choose, we can pretend it is not there. In the first chapter of I John, John begins verses 6, 8, and 10 in the same way: “If we say. . .” In each verse John is showing that it is possible for Christians to cover their sin by lying. In other words, they say one thing, but they are really lying because what they are saying is not true.
Proverbs 28:13 says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: . . .” Here is a person who has let sin come into his life and he is lying to other people. This is he who pretends to be more than he is. He pretends that he is in fellowship with God. He makes believe that he is truly walking with God. He tends to get others to believe that he is all which he ought to be and that he is close to God.
He goes to church, he may be active in its organizations and activities, yet he is playing games. He pretends to be in fellowship with God when all the time down in his heart he knows that he is not in fellowship with God. He is a miserable person, and lives a miserable life. Soon he begins living two lives, a church life and another life. Even in his laughter his heart is filled with sorrow. Why? Because he chooses to conceal (cover) his sin. If he is truly a child of God chastisement (discipline) will surely come his way.
CONFESSION: Second of all, when we sin as a Christian we can confess our sin. The first of Proverbs 28:13 says, “He that covereth his sin shall not prosper: . . .” If there is sin in your life as a Christian you will not prosper. Nothing you do will come out right. Almost every move you make will cause a problem. However, the last part of Proverbs 28:13 tells us that there is hope: “. . . but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
God’s alternative is to confess our sins: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). I John 1:9 is not a spiritual rabbit’s foot. We must understand what it means to confess. It is more than just saying, “I am sorry.” The Greek word for confess means “to say the same thing.” When we confess sin it means we are saying the same thing about sin that God says about it. It means you are agreeing with God about sin.
This is why people do not confess sin. They do not agree with God about it. They do not call it what God calls it. We will never be what we ought to be until we come to grips with sin – and see it as God sees it.
Jerry W. Arnold All Rights Reserved Posted: 1/3/22