When I refused to confess my sin, my whole body wasted away, while I groaned in pain all day long. For day and night you tormented me; you tried to destroy me in the intense heat of summer. (Selah) — Psalm 32:3-4 NET
Sometimes we would better be silent to God. When sore trials are upon us we should not say a word in resistance. But there is a silence to God which does not bring blessing. Unconfessed sins produce bitterness. David’s words tell a sad story of the suffering of the days when he kept silent about his guilt.
He could not put away the memory of his sin. It stayed in his mind, saddened every joy and embittered every sweet thing in his life. His very body suffered, and his heart cried out continually in anguish.
Unconfessed sins are a burden too great for us to bear. We should never keep silent about a sin which we have committed. The only godly thing to do is to confess it instantly, and put it out of our life utterly and forever.
Sin is a demon from the dark abodes, and must be expelled or it will take up its home in the heart and destroy the life. Sin is poison of eternal death, and if not cast out, it will spread its death through the soul. The only safety is by confession and repentance, to thrust out remorselessly every sin that has overcome us!
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