How To Cover Sins

J. D. Conley
October 28, 2012

The nature of sin causes us to want to conceal it. Adam and Eve tried in vain to do this. Adam accused his own wife for his sin and in turn, Eve blamed the serpent (Gen.1:12-13). Sin is a brat no one wants to own. Inspiration says, "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Num.32:23).

How thankful we should be that God covers our sins. Concerning this tremendous spiritual blessing Paul announced this from the mind of God, "For I will be merciful to your unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more" (Heb.8:12). John provides this reassuring word, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse as from all unrighteousness" (1Jn.1:9).

Why do we not want our sins made known? Some are a afraid of punishment here, or being imprisoned, or of capitol punishment. Some fear public resentment and humiliation. Others fear church discipline and the loss of a Christian reputation. People certainly do not want their family members or brethren to discover sin in their lives. But try as they might it is impossible to hide their sins from God. Both testaments show the futility of trying to hide sin from God. Solomon wrote, "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good" (Pro.15:3). The writer of Hebrews penned, "All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do" (Heb.4:13).

The Bible declares all have sinned. No man has escaped it's guilt (Rom.3:23). Although God wants to cover our sins we insist on wanting to hide our sins as it pleases us. Remember, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Pro. 28:l3). Even the passing of time cannot cover a single sin. God does not forget sins because of a lapse of time. How can we cover our sins? By coming to where the blood of Christ can heal, "Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood" (Rev.1:5).

Allow God to cover your sins. A self cover-up is hopeless and condemning.