I’m thankful to the Lord that he makes himself easily accessible to anyone who wants his help in ridding themselves of any burdens they may have that are linked to sin. Jehovah always wants what’s best for us, but the only way that can happen is if we let go of any hindrances of our faulty nature standing in the way of the good stuff he has in store for us. When we go to him and confess our sins and shortcomings, we will be blessed with a clear conscience that will make it easier for him to give us direction from his Holy Spirit to our hearts and spirits.
In the scriptures we find that holding on to our sins can not only hamper spiritual prosperity, but can have negative effects on both our mental and physical health also. This is why David said the following in Psalm 32:
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me…
5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found…
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
When he tried avoiding the Lord and holding onto sin, he had mental, physical, and spiritual unrest. As soon as he ran to our readily-available Lord to confess and forsake his faults, gladness filled him. Solomon also experienced these benefits when he confessed his sin to Jehovah and turned away from it, giving this account in Proverbs 28:
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Sometimes as believers, we wonder how people can accept something that is clearly not good for themselves or for society, whether it’s getting drunk or high or cheating or dismissing the seriousness of sexual sins or subscribing to a false religious system. Verse 14 gives us a glimpse of why that is. They have hardened hearts and hardened hearts leads to the acceptance of all kinds of mischief, one after another. But we as God’s saints don’t have to fall into those things. God has given us the power not to when we confess, forsake, and always fear him to experience his happiness.
When we put those godly principles into effect, we will see how true these words are that David shared in Psalm 103:
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
Thank you, Lord.