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“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13.
Comment:

The need for regular re-appraisal of ourselves as we run the race of salvation lies at the very core of true discipleship. (1 Corinthians 11:31, 32).  Sometimes, one may be engrossed in a particular sin while living under the illusion that one is doing the right thing.  This deception is at the instance of the devil. -John 8:44.

Those who have identified with the true way are duty bound to give themselves to constant studies of the Scriptures in order to receive God's approval; (2 Timothy 2:15) take stock of themselves on regular intervals to ascertain if they are living up to the biddings of God's word; (2 Corinthians 13:5,6); and above all, give themselves to praying fervently for God's direction. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 18.

If we do these sincerely and our hearts do not condemn us not, “then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” – 1 John 3:21,22.

In contrast, if we discover that sin lies at the door, The Guide for today provides a workable recipe on what to do in order to gain the favour of God. We should then make conscious efforts to forsake our evil ways and return unto the LORD, “…and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”. - Isaiah 55:7; Job 33:27-30.

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