Proverbs 28:13 (NASB) He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
She wanted us to paint over it, but that wasn’t going to take care of the problem. An elderly customer wanted us to paint over the rotten wood at the base of her exterior door. We could have done that and walked away, but the right thing to do was to clean out the rotten wood and find out why the problem existed in the first place. Today's verse speaks of those who conceal their transgressions. How they will not prosper, but if we confess and forsake them, we will find compassion. Sure, we could have done what she requested and painted over the rotten boards, but we would have been back sooner or later to do the job right. When we conceal things in our life, things like sin, we cannot prosper. The guilt alone will haunt us until we become so consumed that we will eventually have to deal with it. Coming clean, like putting in new wood on the lady's house, makes the job correct, but it's not done. We still have to find the reason behind the rotten wood. In her case, it was the way the stone pushed the wood towards the door instead of away from it. Kind of like sin. If we don't make sure we are pushing those things that cause us to sin away, they will begin to rotten our lives. I would much rather have compassion with the truth than not prospering with my sin. How about you?
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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