“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Samuel 15-16, Psalm 32, and Matthew 25.
The more you’re concerned about your sin, the closer you are following God.
Sin is a burden. It holds you back. It slows you down.
When we are close to God, sin gets our attention. We instantly realize that we did something wrong. We want to apologize to God. We want to change the climate back to where we were close to God.
When I am having a “drifting” relationship with God, I will often ignore sin. “That will pass,” I imagine. “She’ll get over it, besides she deserved it because of what she did.” Recognize the voice of Satan!
My Godly behavior has no circumstances impacting its direction. There is Godly and there is ungodly. There is no wiggle room in between.
David sinned (with Bathsheba) and then tried to make his sin go away by his own means. He only made things far worse. Been there, done that!
Instead of repenting at “go,” he waited until all sorts of damage was done before turning repentant.
If I am walking in unceasing fellowship with God, I will recognize sin and be driven to repent and be restored to God. Sin is something I do against God! I must start by repenting to Him. From there I must lean on Him to help me clean up the mess I’ve made.
“Lord, I am a sinner and always will be one. Therefore, I must get right what I must do when it happens. Forgive me for minimizing my sin. Prick my conscience when I have sinned so that I set the Godly after-sin process into motion. I love You, Father. Guide me, I beg!”
You want to deal with sin quickly. Don’t wait!