This verse used to hold condemnation and a little fear for me, but now it’s a source of joy and hopeful anticipation.
He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and the Greek word for sin means to miss the mark. So, looking beyond the issue of bad behavior, we’ve all failed to live up to the glory God has planned for our lives.
The root word of the Greek word for sin includes the concept of destiny or design, so we could say that sin is to behave out of tune to God’s original harmony, or to live out of context with the blueprint of His design. (Begin reading The Mirror Bible, a selection of key New Testament texts paraphrased from the Greek, for more on this.)
So, as soon as we own up to the fact that our lives don’t measure up to God’s design for us, we receive God’s mercy. That’s good news.
But what if it’s someone else’s fault? Many of us miss God’s plan for our lives because of circumstances outside of our control. More good news – Psalm 103:4 says that God redeems our lives from destruction, which means that our Father fixes our lives. There’s no disclaimer about whose fault it is. 🙂
So – as soon as we realize that any aspect of our lives would be better if it was restored to God’s original blueprint, He begins the restoration. Because He loves us.