He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NKJV
Have you ever been angry, frustrated, or felt disconnected with your loved ones? Have your thoughts ever focused heavily on selfish thoughts? This verse says the man or woman who forsakes these sinful thoughts will have mercy.
Have you ever had any of these thoughts below?
- I failed
- I envy others who appear to have a good marriage
- I was rude last night
- I constantly crave for more connection
- I am constantly provoked by lack of attention
- I think evil all the time
- I want to give up
- I have no faith that things will get better
- I have no hope
- I want to run away
- My love has failed
Maybe you don’t feel like confessing these sins. Maybe you don’t think these things are sins. But my friend, I assure you they are sins because these are not what God wants for us.
Let’s take a look at how God’s Word has a specific truth to counteract each of those lying thoughts. It comes from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
- Love is kind – When I fail, He is kind to me.
- Love does not envy – When I envy others who appear to have a good marriage, He reminds me love doesn’t envy.
- Love does not behave rudely – When I am rude, I remember love isn’t.
- Love does not seek its own – When I constantly crave for more connection, I remember Christ didn’t focus on Himself.
- Love is not provoked – When I am constantly provoked by lack of attention, I seek Christ’s attention.
- Love thinks no evil – When I think evil, I turn my thoughts to be obedient to Christ.
- Love bears all things – When I want to give up, I remember Jesus didn’t give up.
- Love believes all things – When I have no faith that things will get better, I remember this life is not all there is.
- Love hopes all things – When I have no hope, I remember Jesus has a better place for me.
- Love endures all things – When I want to run away, I remember I can do all things through Jesus’ strength.
- Love never fails – When my love has failed, I remind myself nothing can separate me from the love of God.
Dear Lord, only you know the depth of my depravity. I confess the best I know how that these thoughts are not truth and not what you want for me. Help me to turn my thoughts to you, where you will bring peace. In Jesus’ name Amen.