He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. ~Proverbs 28:13
Here is the way of mercy for a guilty and repenting sinner. He must cease from the habit of covering sin.
This is attempted
- by falsehood, which denies sin;
- by hypocrisy, which conceals it;
- by boasting, which justifies it;
- and by loud profession, which tries to make amends for it.