Sin is a Kill-Joy
by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks
“The aim of confession of sin then is not to erase consequences, it’s to restore joy. And then the consequences are what they are. Your sins have consequences. They’re rocks thrown in the pond and the ripples go and they touch every shore. But God does promise when you’ve confessed and repented that He will show you loving kindness and compassion because you are His eternal child… Your justification is settled forever. Don’t cover your sin, confess it. That’s what true Christians do. You’ve been bathed that you need continually to have your feet washed as they get dirty walking in your fallenness. If you don’t confess, you’ll be chastened. If you do confess, you may never be able to change the consequences but because you’re God’s child He’ll come to you in compassion and loving kindness and minister to you.” John MacArthur
(John MacArthur was born June 19, 1939, and is a Pastor for the Grace Community church in Sun Valley California. He is a well-known author, and current president of the Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles California.)
All of us are sinners, and the presence of sin will destroy the joy in one’s life. Yes, sin is a joy killer, a kill-joy so to speak. Joy can best be described as the presence of great pleasure, ecstatic happiness, and satisfaction with one’s life. But joy can be lost through living with the burden of guilt and the worries of un-confessed sin, leading to a stress filled and unhappy life, also damaging relationships with friends and family along the way. While the commission of the sin, even confessed sin, may have consequences that ripple outwardly; to cover up and deny will not erase or lessen the sin. The old cliché’ we have all heard, “the cover-up is worse than the crime”. For if God knows your heart, does he not already know that you have sinned, and to deny your sin is to say God is a liar, and His word is not in you.
“God hates the sin, but not the sinner”, and He will give forgiveness if you confess your sin.
MacArthur used the analogy of our feet to show that as we move about through life, we become soiled with sin, as our feet become soiled with dirt as we walk through life. Just as our feet need to be washed and cleansed so do our souls through our confession and repentance of our sin. We must walk in the light of God with admission of sin, seeking the Lord’s forgiveness. The knowledge of God’s love and forgiveness of your sins will ease the burden you feel from guilt, and with burdens having been lessened and removed through the confession of sin, a more joyful existence can return to your life.
In 1 John 1:5-10, we must walk in the light in fellowship with Christ, and confess our sins to the Him:
Walking in the Light
“(5) This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (8) If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5-10).
Lord we ask that you forgive us of our sins, for we have sinned against you. We seek to walk no longer in darkness and sin, but instead to walk with you in the in the light, and in fellowship with one another. May you forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. We pray for those around us, friends, and family, that deceive only themselves in denial of their sins that they me may, one day, walk in the light seeking your fellowship and your forgiveness. May the joy we had lost to sin return into our lives.
We pray in Jesus’s name