In the day of judgment all those secret sins will be revealed (I Timothy. 5:24) unless God has forgiven us of them already. As bad as these things may seem, perhaps there is a certain resolve which can come from them.
If this seems somewhat strange, just remember the forgiving spirit of our God extended on out into infinity. He conveyed this truth to us through his Son when he was asked how often should we forgive our brother. The reply was, “I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).
When we look at some of God’s greatest men and see the sins which were committed by them and couple their sinful deeds with the forgiving spirit of Christ, it gives hope to those of us who may have our own “secret sins.” The Apostle Paul confessed that he was the “chief of sinners” (I Timothy 1:15).” These words were written late in the life of this man of God. However, not too long after this he wrote: “I am now ready to be offered” (II Timothy 4:6), meaning that he found forgiveness of all his sins.
While we need to strive to live above sin, there is still the confidence that God, through his Son, will always forgive if we only ask him to do so.
Dennis R. Smith