There appears to be a misunderstanding in a disturbingly large percentage of the Christian community. Living in a country where the very of idea of having morals seems repulsive, many contemporary believers have convinced themselves that they can lead lives riddled with sin, because praying, “Lord, please forgive me of my sins,” is a fix all. Today, however, this idea is going to be challenged by the Word of God. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 28:13 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsake them shall have mercy.
According to this scripture, it is not the mere act of asking for forgiveness that gives one mercy. It also two additional steps:
1.) Confessing our sins to our Heavenly Father: Praying blanket statements like “Lord, please forgive me of my sins,” covers or hides our specific sins through lack of acknowledgement, and God does not like that. God wants us to realize the importance of confessing exactly what we did wrong, and He tells us that if we do not do so we will not prosper.
2.) Striving not to commit the same sin again: It is also important that we do not mistake God’s grace for a license to sin. Whereas He knows that we are in a fallen state and that we are not perfect, we are not to be repeat offenders on purpose. Our Heavenly Father is not to be played with, and the rules He sets forth in His Word are not to be blatantly ignored but followed.
Please understand that this scripture does not negate the need to ask the Lord for forgiveness. What it does help us to realize, however, is that obtaining mercy is a three step process: confession, asking for forgiveness, and forsaking sinful acts.
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