Ask for FORGIVENESS, don't cover up
Over the years, some Christians believe that one is a sinner only by the virtue of who you are and not by what you do. This is not completely true. By the virtue of our birth in Adam “we all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God”. Rom. 3:23, which made us sinners by birth. But on the other hand, a sin committed makes a sinner. 1 John 3:8 says “he that commits sin is of the devil ….” But my concern in this article is that when Christians commit sin we tend to cover it up with other spiritual activities without confessing and asking for forgiveness. Paul exclaimed over this issue he said: “shall we continue in sin and ask grace to abound”. Rom 6:1. Grace here could mean any spiritual activities that we use to cover up or ignore the sins committed. Sins committed are not meant to be ignored instead should be confessed and forgiveness should be asked for, instead of confessing and asking for forgiveness, some Christians ask for Grace, Favor, Power, Victory, Dominion, Prosperity and so on. Some Christians are not sensitive of their relationship with God, they don’t know when God is offended by an act, word, decision or anything, and they don’t know that the relationship with God is mutual. We always tell God how we feel about our children, academics, situation and we don’t listen to what God is saying about what we did earlier. Some Christians are deaf to the forgiveness of sins. They hear God concerning other areas of Life, but not on the issue of their offenses to God. I must quickly note here that Christians are meant to live a sinless life, but until this revelation of the sinless Christian life comes (does that mean there is a sinful Christian life? God Forbid! Meditate on 1 John 1:9b), always ask for forgiveness when you sin, don’t cover up or ignore your sins acting as if nothing happened.
Jesus taught about a system in God that creates an avenue for the forgiveness of our (Christians) sins. This tells us that it is possible to be a Christian and still commit sin. This stands against the movement of once saved forever saved. Mathew 6:12 says “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Jesus gave principles of prayer and he said we should ask God to forgive us as we forgive others. He reemphasizes this again in vs. 15 he said: “But if we forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly father forgive your trespass”. This mean Christian trespasses, God forgives trespasses when we confess and ask for forgiveness. (We can also see it in Matthew 18:35, Mark 11:26).
Apostle John also taught about this issue extensively, Let’s explore what he said in (1 John 1: 8-9, 2:1) but before I go on let me emphasise that here Apostle John is not talking to unbelievers, in fact according to bible history one of the reasons he wrote this book was to encourage believers to live in fellowship with God and to warn them against following false doctrine that will destroy fellowship with God. 1 John 1:8 says “if we say we have no sin” What does this statement mean. A commentary explained the verse by saying purification from sin presupposes the existence of sin even in believers; the denial of this is self-deception. This means you as a believer if you believe you don’t commit the sin a self-deceptive spirit is operating in you. Many Christians are under the yoke of this spirit, they deceive themselves to be holy, they act holy, dress holy and continue their Christian journey assuming to be in right stand with God while in the real sense sin as stained there garments. You can be a carnal Christian, a wicked Christian, lying Christian. You are honored with the word “Christian” you are simply a sinner (a sinner Christian). “If we say we have no sin” could also mean you believe: you are free from the deception of sin, or you are free from temptation and lust, the Apostle said you are under the spell of self-deception. Vs.9 continued “by saying if we confess our sins” it is non-negotiable that when you sin, confession is needed. This silence the doctrine that says as soon as you give your life to Christ you can continue to live the way you want. “He is faithful and just to forgive us all our sins” (Christians inclusive). A forgiveness platform was open as a result of Christ death on the cross of Calvary, Christ forgives us of our sins and the blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Your sins are forgiven and his blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. WHAT DOES CLEANSES US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS MEAN? It means the blood makes us immune to unrighteousness. Vs9 explain that the blood can cleanse us from the producer of the sins we commit i.e. it makes us immune to temptation. Nevertheless, before you become immune you have to keep confessing your sins if you have wronged God. When you don’t confess your sins, cleansing from all unrighteousness will be impossible. 2:1 “my children these things I write to you, that ye sin not and if any man sin we have an advocate with the father Jesus Christ the righteous. I want to explain this verse with what he said in verse 9. Do not sin, but if you sin back to verse 9 confess your sin and you will be forgiven because there is an advocate with the father. Forgiveness of sins comes after confession.
In conclusion, don’t hide your sins, don’t pretend as if you have not wronged God, instead confess and ask for forgiveness. God Bless you.