Obtaining Mercy

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

Confession of sin is an on-going practice in the life of every believer. It is a necessary part of maintaining fellowship with God. All believers continually struggle with sin in one form or another. Therefore, all believers must make a continual practice of confessing their sins to God. When we confess our sin, we can be sure that God will forgive us and that He will give us the grace to overcome our sinful habits. For the Word of God says, “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).

Repentance and confession reveal the presence of saving faith. If we truly believe that Jesus died for our sins, we will want to confess our sin and turn away from it. As the Apostle James said, “…the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26). In turning away from our sin by repenting of it, and in turning towards God in the confession of our sin, we do the works that prove we possess saving-faith. Conversely, if we consistently choose to hide our sin and try to avoid the acts of confession and repentance we do the works that prove that we do not possess saving faith. If the latter is true of us, we can only expect judgment and discipline from God. For Proverbs 28:13 warns us, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

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