Indulging in secret sins of the heart is comparable to touching a sore tooth with your tongue to eliminate pain. We return to the source of pain, time and again, without finding a viable solution to stop the root cause of discomfort. Christians are especially accountable to God for committing sins that non-believers also engage in. God is holy and does not relate to someone who knowingly and habitually sins. Sin ends your fellowship with God.
Secret sins involve sinning against God through coveting, idolatry, or behaviour involving sex, drugs, and alcohol.
Galatians 5:19-21 provides a list of secret sins. “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance–as I told you before–that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Notice the behaviour of those that sin in secret. A thief hides and lurks about in the dark, murderers cover their tracks, and people pursuing sensual pleasures do so behind closed doors. They know it’s wrong.
God told Adam and Eve they should not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They ate anyway and then hid from God, crouching in fear among the trees while covering their bodies. What they did in secret was pleasurable to their senses for a short season. People hiding alongside their deeds of darkness fear discovery even while they enjoy the sin.
STEPS TO ELIMINATE SECRET SINS FROM OUR LIFE :
Develop a repentant heart towards sin whether we consider it big or small. In Jeremiah 17:9, the prophet reminds us that “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? John Calvin said the “heart is an idol factory.” By knowing this, we can stay proactive so we don’t fall into traps set by Satan. At the first sign of disobedience, repent quickly.
Don’t blame our sins on someone else like Adam and Eve did. Eve blamed the serpent, and Adam blamed both Eve and God. When God withdraws from us because of sin, it seems like He doesn’t know. On the contrary, He’s giving us an opportunity to come clean.
No one enjoys being in bondage to behaviour meant to destroy our lives. When we live close to God, we protect ourselves from the onslaught of the enemy who is intent on bringing us harm and destruction. What secret sins do you need to eliminate from your life? Are you ready to expose and bring secret sins out of the darkness into the light?