“ Who an understand his errors? Cleanse me form secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.”- Psalm 19:12-13
Have you ever been in an argument with someone that has dragged on for some time? Both parties want to say they are sorry, reconcile and move on. Neither of the parties want to be the first to initiate; pride has grabbed hold of both. We’ve all seen the rather comical narratives where the parent of two brothers or two sisters is demanding they apologize, but the childish response of “not until he does” keeps the two of them separate and the rebellion rages.
We may laugh, however truth be told, even as adults we may do the same thing; not with our co-workers or siblings, but with God. It is not as if God needs to say “I’m sorry” for anything. There is nothing God does that is wrong. We are the responsible party for our own sin, the sin that leads us from light to darkness. The same sin that if left unresolved will take so far into the darkness we may feel like we can’t return. All too many times, we truly believe we will experience more pleasure by continuing in the sin than in repentance. We continue to do what we know to be wrong even though it is wrong, even though it feels terrible!
Proverbs 26:11 says, “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” What a grim picture, almost as grim as sin. The foolish, self centered individual keeps going back to that same sin time and time again. After a while, there truly is nothing even temporally pleasurable about the sin, but because one refuses to confess to God, they lick every last drop of sinful vomit from the ground. Is that to vivid of a picture? Perhaps, however we must understand the folly of this in light of the amazing simplicity of repentance. Repentance is not a difficult concept, but it may be hard!
What is required for a person to repent of sin and turn back to God? Religion forever has come up with lists, procedures, practices and rituals. God however, has made coming back to Him extremely simple. There are no rituals; no sacrifices. In fact there is no priest involved except our High Priest, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28) While the context is a slightly different subject, the truth remains the same. Jesus will give us rest when we turn to Him.
Remember our look earlier at 1 John? He used the affectionate term “my little children.” This is how we come back to Jesus out of the darkness. We come back to him simply as John states in verse 9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” How do we repent and move back to the light? We agree with God, “confess”, that our actions where against His holy truth, and we accept by faith His forgiveness and mercy. In an instant, we are back walking in the light!
If you have a sin that is keeping you in darkness, will you repent today, confess it to Jesus and believe by faith in His forgiveness and mercy. Remember to show that kindness and mercy to others who have repented to the Lord as well. Don’t hold that sin over their heads!