He who conceals his sins doesnâ€™t prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Blessed is the man who always fears; but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble. Â Â Â Â Proverbs 28:13-14 (WEB)
In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 3:2 â€œRepent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!â€Â Â Â Â Matthew 3:1-2 (WEB)
From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, â€œRepent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.â€ Â Â Matthew 4:17 (WEB)
Secret sins are those ones that only God and I know about. They are usually sins that I commit in my mind or heart. I think or feel what is inside of me. Is it what I want inside me? NO!
Jesus warns me in Luke 12:24-26 that if I ask and receive the cleaning of my spirit and that home inside of me is emptied of that sin then I need to fill it up with the goodness of the Lord (Philippians 4:8, Galatians 5:22-23). If I do not fill it with the Lord, guess who is going to be prowling around, waiting for an opportunity to move in?
Repent. How I resented that word. It is so much about P-R-I-D-E! To humble myself and fall to my knees is not a place of humiliation but a place of restoration. Repent is turning away from sin and walking toward where Jesus is. I do not have to plead and beg Jesus to forgive me. He wants to forgive me. It is a simple request, â€œPlease, Jesus, forgive me for _____â€ and He does. It is not how many prayers or what I do to â€˜make upâ€™ for it. I canâ€™t do enough to make up for what Jesus has done. He did (past tense) it. He took my sins that I was (am, will) going to commit and wiped them from the ledger.
I remember the best night of my life. It was the night that I got baptized. Baptism is a sacrament, an outward sign of an inward change. I came up out of that water and it was the best moment. I have never felt so clean and light. I want to live in that Light all of my life. (sigh)