SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- A few verses in this chapter talk about how much more peaceful it is to live a good life. When you’re doing right, you have no reason to stress.
- Lots of verses talk about how much people hate following a wicked person, but rejoice when their leader is wise and fair.
- Verse 13 says if we try to hide our sins, they will come back to haunt us. If we "repent," people are quicker to give us mercy. The word "repent" means "to turn" -- the idea is that we turn from our wrong ways.
- We’re also warned about hardening our hearts against God’s guidance. Every time we do, we walk towards trouble.
- Verse 23 tells us that it’s better to have a tough, honest conversation with someone than to flatter them with lies. In the end they will respect you more (especially if you have the conversation in a loving way.)
- We shouldn't shy away from tough conversations, but we should approach them in a loving way.
- Hiding sin in our lives only sets us up for future failure. We should confess our secrets now. This might hurt in the short-term, but will be less painful in the long run.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Is there someone you've been avoiding having a tough conversation with? Ask God to give you the courage to talk to them, and the love to go about it the right way. Today, set up a time to meet with them and have that conversation.
- Are you hiding sin in your life? Find a person you trust and confide in them, and talk to God about it.
- Lastly, are you trying to live a life that pleases God? If so, then you know how peaceful it is to not have secrets to hide anymore. Ask God to help you continue to live a pure life.