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The Futility of Hiding Secret Sin

Be sure of this, your sin will find you out. 
(Num. 32:23).

Nothing is made secret, that will not be disclosed openly
 (Luke 8:17)

Don't be misled; 
remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it: 
a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows! 
{8} If he sows to please his own wrong desires, 
he will be planting seeds of evil 
and he will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death; 
but if he plants the good things of the Spirit,
 he will reap the everlasting life that the Holy Spirit gives him.
Gal 6:7-8 (TLB) 

Don't you realize how patient he is being with you? Or don't you care? Can't you see that he has been waiting all this time without punishing you,
to give you time to turn from your sin?
His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.

 {5} But no, you won't listen;
 and so you are saving up terrible punishment for yourselves 
because of your stubbornness in refusing to turn from your sin; 

for there is going to come a day of wrath
 when God will be the just Judge of all the world. 
{6} He will give each one whatever his deeds deserve.

 {7} He will give eternal life to those who patiently do the will of God, 
seeking for the unseen glory and honor and eternal life that he offers.
 {8} But he will terribly punish those who fight against the truth of God
 and walk in evil ways--
God's anger will be poured out upon them.

 {9} There will be sorrow and suffering 
for Jews and Gentiles alike who keep on sinning. 
{10} But there will be glory and honor and peace from God
 for all who obey him, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. 

{11} For God treats everyone the same. 
{12} He will punish sin wherever it is found. 

He will punish the heathen when they sin, 
even though they never had God's written laws, 
for down in their hearts they know right from wrong.
 {13} God's laws are written within them; 
their own conscience accuses them, or sometimes excuses them. 

{14} And God will punish the Jews for sinning 
because they have his written laws but don't obey them.
 {15} They know what is right but don't do it.

After all, salvation is not given to those who know what to do,
unless they do it. 
{16} The day will surely come 
when at God's command  Jesus Christ will judge the secret lives of everyone,
 their inmost thoughts and motives; 
this is all part of God's great plan, which I proclaim.
Rom 2:4-16 (TLB) 

If we say that we have no sin,
we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.

 {9} But if we confess our sins to him, 
he can be depended on to forgive us
and to cleanse us from every wrong. 

(And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us
 because Christ died to wash away our sins.)
1 John 1:8-9 (TLB) 


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