Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
(Proverbs 28:13 )
One of the greatest problems with sin is that we often try to hide it. Sometimes we try to deal with it through inner remorse. The remnants of shame end up building up layer by layer. Over time, we can start to become desensitized to sin. Concealing small sins can end up turning into an addiction. We end up feeding our hunger and thirst for God with something other than God.
The answer to keep this from occurring is confession and renunciation. Confession means agreeing with God about what is true. Confession will break the pattern, but we need renunciation to kill the cycle. Renouncing can mean to throw it, stomp it, and walk away. It is about terminating your relationship with it. Those who confess and renounce will receive mercy. This allows our heart to receive the Holy Spirit and prosper. I encourage all of us on our discipleship journey to continue to work on confessing and renouncing our sins rather than trying to conceal them.
About Melissa Hall
Melissa has attended St. Thomas since 2017. Her husband, Nathan, is the communications committee lead. They have a 5-year-old daughter named Everly. Outside of church, she is a software developer and likes to walk/jog.