Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy (Prov.28:13).
To conceal means to attempt to hide, cover up or decorate in order to disguise. Fear is in control when we decorate our failures with excuses instead of owning, confessing, and renouncing them. How many times have you lingered in shame, guilt or personal humiliation because of a mistake? Or, are you the person whose ego is so fragile that denial, blame and excuses are your go to in failure. Our unwillingness to clearly admit and take steps to not repeat sin keeps us from experiencing God’s intended outcome in failure.
What if Adam, in the Garden of Eden, had immediately refused to make excuses for his behavior or blame Eve? What if he had asked God to forgive them and renounced his choice to do what he knew was wrong? The rest of the Bible reveals that God would have shown them mercy (2 Sam. 12:13; Ps. 32:1-5; Is. 55:7; Dan. 4:27; 1 John 1:9). This does not mean sin has no consequences. But, confession takes sin from our hands and puts it into God’s where He can change the impact of the aftermath (Romans 8:27-34) and heal us from our fearful need to decorate our sin with excuses (James 5:15-16).
Every time we yield to the temptation to deflect responsibility for our actions or decisions, we give in to the soul crippling foe named fear. Failure or sin is inevitable, that is not an excuse, but how we respond to sin is where true prosperity is discovered.
Refuse to allow fear to choose the direction your life takes. If you are stuck in sin, find someone trustworthy to confess and pray with, because mercy that heals is waiting on the other side.