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Unconfessed sins


Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Proverbs 28:13

We often wonder why things go wrong continually without realizing that it is quite likely that the reason for our problems is in our own actions. Sometimes we are so used to sinful behavior that we convince ourselves that what we are doing is right even if it’s wrong. Although our conscience dares to warn us that the direction we’re taking is wrong its voice is silenced by our will. What we can’t ignore is the consequences our bad actions bring upon our life and the life of our loved ones. But of these consequences we also rationalize and blame anything else that comes to mind just to make us believe that we are innocent of everything that is going on.

Running away from the challenges is not a feature of the brave but of the cowardly. As God’s children we must behave in a way that causes people to praise God for our actions. When was the last time the name of the Lord was exalted by something you did? If it’s been a long time or you do not even remember when was the last time this happened you have to stop and do a thorough analysis of your life and the path you are following. This does not mean that we will be announcing to all that we are about to do something for the glory of the Lord. Just act properly, serving the Lord in all that he instructs you to do and watch the praises of God arise without need for promotion or advertising. Ask the Lord to cleanse you of your faults and proudly dedicate yourself to do the things he wants you to do. Only to God be the glory!

Audacity


For I am about to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.
I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.
Psalms 38:17-18

It often surprises me the boldness with which some ─I include myself in this group ─ if not most of us come before God without confessing our sins and without having asked for forgiveness. We present ourselves as if nothing had happened, as innocent lambs, when in fact our sinful nature has been responsible of violating the precepts that God has given us to live a holy life. Sometimes God has to put us in extreme situations so we can realize our sinfulness and of course, this results in something that is not very nice to us. God loves us and as our Father he disciplines us so we may learn to be people full of integrity and moral authority.

Let us constantly review our lives and identify those areas in which we are failing. Let’s take our weaknesses to the throne of grace of God and let us act in a way our repentance shows. In this way we will be rid of the heavy burden of guilt and avoid the anguish that tries to dominate us. As an additional benefit in some cases we will receive health and in others we will find the solution to those problems that seemed to have no way out. Let us not miss the plank that is hosted in our eye and makes it difficult for us to see. May God speak to us and tell us where we are not behaving up to standard. He will respond with tenderness and love and show us the way for us to follow. To God alone be the glory!