When kids get caught doing something wrong, most of them lie. Adults do too. A recent study showed the following percentages of students who admit that they cheated while trying to get into graduate school.
- Liberal Arts students – 43%
- Education students – 52%
- Medical students – 63%
- Business students – 75%
How does it feel to know that there’s a 75% chance that your employer, the one who signs your paycheck, doesn’t consider honesty important? Does it make you nervous when you hear that there’s a more than 50% chance that the doctor who is about to perform surgery on you cheated in school? Which part did he not know well enough that he had to cheat?
Apparently, when faced with the choice of getting what we want or sinning, we choose sin. Thankfully, God tells us in I John 1:9,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)
God’s forgiveness is a wonderful thing – we repent and believe and He forgives and saves. And then, we never sin again, right? Wrong! Unfortunately, this side of heaven, even as God’s child we will always struggle with sin. Not only will we sin, we will still be tempted to engage in covering it up.
We Cover-Up Our Sin
Temptations to downplay our sin and to try to look good sound like this:
- It’s not really my fault
- I didn’t mean to do it
- I’m just having a bad day
- I’m sorry, but you…
- We all make mistakes
- Nobody is perfect
All of this excuse-making and image management may seem like a good idea except denial prevents us from crying out for help A student doesn’t hire a tutor until he see the “F” on his first test. A patient won’t get a root canal until the dentist shows him the x-ray revealing the rot and decay. Seeing and admitting our sin is the first step toward the cure.
Confession Is the Cure
The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation.
II Peter 2:9
Notice who is sinning in the verse above. The godly! See who is rescuing us – our Lord and Savior.
You and I can try to clean up on the outside and mask what’s on the inside, but we can’t change our own hearts. The good news is that no matter how badly you have sinned and failed you still have a Savior standing ready to help.
The cover up can cease. You don’t have to hide anymore. Admit your sin and turn to Him – rescue is on its way.
Listen to audio “Overcoming Temptation” & Learn:
The closer you draw to God, the more clearly you see your need of Him. Don’t hide your sin; be free from it.
- Learn why the closer you get to God the more you see your sin
- Experience the freedom that comes from owning your wrongs
- Arm yourself with the two no-fail steps to bring divine rescue
- Ignite an explosion of grace