Summary: One of the sad truths is that we Christians will sin. No matter how diligently we devote ourselves to practicing righteousness, we are going to miss the mark and sin. When we realize that we have disobeyed God, in some fashion, what should be our response
The Apostle John proclaims an unfortunate truth, in 1 John 1:8, 10, when he says, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us…If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
One of the sad truths is that we Christians will sin. No matter how diligently we devote ourselves to practicing righteousness and striving to perfect holiness in our lives, we are - from time to time - going to miss the mark and sin. Ocassionally, we are going to disobey God’s commandments and sin. Anyone who should deny this, says John, is just deceiving themselves and they make God a liar.
Today, I want to spend some time with you to explore what we ought to do when we do sin. When we realize that we have disobeyed God, in some fashion, what should be our response? I want us to consult the Scriptures, today, to answer that important question.
The Word of God basically tells us that we have two options in responding to sin in our lives.
We find those two options in Proverbs 28:13, “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”
Wise old Solomon says that our two options are ‘concealing’ and ‘confessing’.
The ‘concealing’ option is when we choose not to acknowledge our transgression or sin to God and we go about our life as if nothing happened.
The ‘confessing’ option is when we choose to acknowledge our transgression or sin to God, ask for forgiveness and seek the grace needed to change.
Solomon says that those who choose the ‘concealment’ option “will not prosper.”
Those who choose the ‘confession’ option “will find compassion.” Let us look further at the consequences of these two options.
Consequences of Concealing our Transgressions.
We need to understand that the ‘concealment’ option is pure folly. The truth is that we can never ‘conceal’ or hide our sin from God. In Jeremiah 2:22, we read "‘Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your iniquity is before Me,’ declares the Lord God.” There simply isn’t any manner that we can truly ‘conceal’ our sin.
The first consequence of ‘concealing’ our transgressions or sin is that it creates a barrier between us and our God.
Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you.”
The separation that is created is not based upon God being angry as much as it is based upon the fact that our Holy God cannot casually fellowship with sin. 1 John 1:5-6, “And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
If we sin and casually go about our lives, with an attitude of indifference, our relationship with God is damaged or broken. The sin that we have attempted to ‘conceal’ produces a wall between ourselves and God. We are not showing a true desire for closeness.