What are the consequences of hiding? - Hiding - TouchPoints

What are the consequences of hiding?

Psalm 32:3, 5When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long . . . Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

1 John 1:9But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

Attempting to hide our sin results in guilt, which can cause negative emotional and physical side effects. Hiding from God may be our attempt to avoid his punishment and discipline, but how can we hide from an all-knowing God? And why should we hide from an all-loving God? In the end, we’re only hiding from his forgiveness, his mercy, and a restored relationship with him.

Jonah 1:10Then he told them that he was running away from the Lord. The sailors were terrified when they heard this. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned.

The consequences of hiding are not always private and often involve others negatively. One moment of private sin may leave years of irreparable harm to those around us.

Luke 12:2The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.

Romans 2:16And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

Luke 8:17For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and made plain to all.

Matthew 10:26But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything will be revealed; all that is secret will be made public.

Matthew 6:18Then no one will suspect you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in secret. And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

Ultimately, all that is hidden will be revealed, judged by God, and either condemned or rewarded.