Agree with Your Adversary

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

Proverbs 28:13

David tried to cover up his sin by having Uriah killed. Today’s verse reminds us that those who cover their sin will never prosper. Oh, would to God that as soon as David committed that sin with Bathsheba, he had said, “Oh my God, what have I done? God, forgive me. God, have mercy. God, I'll bring a sacrifice and make restitution. God, have mercy.” God would have had mercy, God would have forgiven him, and God would have cleansed him. It still would have been a terrible sin, but the Bible says to “Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison” (Matthew 5:25). That means if you’ve done wrong, quickly confess it. As soon as you know, confess it, and don’t let that sin build up in your heart. But instead, David spent a year without confessing that sin.

  • When was a time you had an opportunity to confess sin but instead sought to hide it?
  • How can we learn from these times so that we respond differently in the future?

ACTION POINT

Confess before God any sin that is lingering in your life today.