Pr. 28:13: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
I witnessed a beautiful example of this a few months ago. Someone that I know was caught in an act of sin. Ashamed and determined to regain trust, this person then decided that immediate confession was imperative. I was present as they confessed their sin to their spouse.
I watched the range of emotions that came with that confession. Satan tries to convince us that sin only affects us, and that everything is fine, but sin hurts, and no one is immune.
Had this person covered their sin, it would have eaten away at their soul, and caused their sin to grow and lead to other sinful habits. Not only that, but their loved one may have found out so late and after so many lies, that trust could not have been rebuilt.
Fortunately, God’s Word is true. Even with the pain that this confession brought, the fact that the truth was told gave their spouse a chance to choose to offer forgiveness, mercy, and grace. I heard this person’s spouse say, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Ro. 3:23.
We all sin. None of us want to admit it, but the fact remains. I was very much in awe of this person who chose to confess and be held accountable. What an admirable example for us all.
And what an amazing example I saw in their spouse as well. If a broken, sinful spouse can forgive and offer mercy, how much more does our Father in Heaven offer to us.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life one’s friends. God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Eph. 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…”
We may not all receive mercy from others while on this earth, but Christ died to offer us mercy ahead of time. He has already paid the price for our sins, and His mercy and forgiveness are available to us all. That is worth a confession.
Scripture references John 15:13, Ro. 3:23, Ro. 5:8