Pastoral Exhortation

Do Not Excuse Your Sins

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 March 2014

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“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

First of all, we are warned of the danger of covering our sins – “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper.” But how does one cover or conceal his sins? One may cover his sins by putting the blame on another, like Adam who pointed his finger at Eve, or Eve who pointed her finger at the serpent (Genesis 3:12-13; cf. Job 31:33), or Saul who blamed the people (1 Samuel 15:24). Some hide their sins by pleading ignorance and dissociating themselves from any responsibility, as Cain did after killing his brother, Abel (Genesis 4:8-10). There are those who impersonate someone else when committing a crime and then run away from the scene quickly, like Jacob who fraudulently snatched his brother’s blessings from his blind father (Genesis 27). There are yet others who use religious involvement and zeal to cover their sins, like King Saul who claimed it was for sacrifice that he brought back the Amalekites’ cattle which God had expressly commanded to destroy (1 Samuel 15:13- 23; cf. Matthew 23:25-28). There are also those who deny their sins outright with an impudent face (cf. Jeremiah 2:22-23). More stories of man’s inclination to cover his sin are found in the Bible (e.g. Rachel, Joseph’s brethren, Peter, Ananias and Sapphira).

Nonetheless, nothing is hidden from the view of God. He, who refuses to acknowledge his sin before God, betrays his foolish thinking that God has not seen it. There is no wisdom in hiding one’s sin. He is also warned that he shall not prosper. Let not the one who conceals his sin think that he will progress. In Psalm 32:3-4, David spoke of the misery he experienced while he covered his sins – “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.” What a dangerous thing it is to cover our sins!

Secondly, we are told of the blessing of those who would confess their sins to God in repentance. “But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” One’s sin must be quickly confessed as an offence committed against God (cf. Psalm 51:4), and must be fully forsaken. Then he will be forgiven. Divine love and mercy are greater than all our sins. Confession of sin leads the contrite sinner to the refreshing and renewing mercies of God. Turning away from sin with repentance will direct a man to the wonderful experiences of God’s never-failing compassions.

 

Testimonies from Church Members

Dear Pastor

Thank God that He has moved you to teach us how to pray through Bible passages. Since the time you taught us, I have tried it by praying through some psalms, and praise God, He has blessed me immensely. It is a wonderful thing to be able to plead God’s promises before Him. It also forces me to meditate upon the meaning of the words and their applicability to my life, which is far more profitable as compared to simply reading the words in a cursory fashion. It shows me just how suitable God’s Word is for any circumstance I am in, it draws me closer in communion to Him, and it causes me to reflect upon and yield to Him the areas of my life which are not yet governed by His Word and will. It requires time and effort, but praise God that He is not a hard taskmaster, but a generous and giving God. He richly blesses our “feeble” efforts to seek Him, beyond what we could have ever asked or imagined. Praise be to God.

Member of Gethsemane

 

 

My heart is thankful to God for the Parents’ Seminar on “Nurturing Our Children Biblically” held last Sat. Praise God for the Word that was preached and for moving the GCM to organise this seminar. I am greatly blessed by the Lord in the learning of His Word. Bringing up my children for the past 9 years has not been an easy task and we are still constantly learning from the Lord. There were many things which we should not be doing that we had done and many things which we should do that had not been done in the nurturing of our children. I am thankful that Pastor has expounded so clearly what nurturing really means: we must initiate our children in the way of the Lord, as well as please and seek Him in all our ways. Truly, as Pastor has said, “the way” is a long way with lots of distractions. Thus, we need to train our children to seek spiritual things as it is our duty (Proverbs 22:6)!

 

Update from Rev Ephrem Chiracho

Dear Rev Koshy,

Greetings in our Lord’s blessed name.

Thank you for planning to come to visit me with Andronicus. We look forward to a blessed time of fellowship with both of you in the Lord. May our God grant you a safe journey.

I have begun my treatment last Sunday and it will continue till next week. With prayer for God’s mercy, I hope that it will work out for my healing.

Thank you once again for the financial commitment towards my medication expenses. Please extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Session.

Have a blessed week of service.

Yours in Christ’s service,
Rev Ephrem Chiracho