A. The Scriptures speak of exposing transgression (Isaiah 58:1).
- Reproving [admonish; rebuke (Strong’s # 1651] rather than having fellowship with (Ephesians 5:11).
- Even to the point of sharp rebukes (Titus 1:11-14).
- Every work was and will be brought into judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:14 and II Corinthians 5:10).
- So, some people try to hide those sins (Genesis 3:1-12, Joshua 7:1-26, and Acts 5:1-11).
- Is possible to conceal something from God (Jeremiah 23:24; cf. Proverbs 15:3)?
- So, with all of that ground covered…
II. Body: What is meant in the teaching of Proverbs 17:9?
A. A covered sin is biblically defined as a forgiven sin (Psalms 85:2 and Romans 4:7-8).
- God has, in both covenants, placed conditions on the forgiveness of sins (II Chronicles 7:14, Luke 13:1-5, and Acts 3:19).
- We understand that forgiveness is made possible through the blood of Christ (Colossians 1:12-14).
- So, what is meant in Proverbs 17:9?
- The language in Proverbs 17:9 gives the ability to cover a transgression into the hands of men. So, what can that consistently mean? Consider: Matthew 18:15-35 and I Corinthians 6:1-8.
- The point about repeating sins separating friends (Proverbs 16:28).
- The willingness to help another through forgiveness is an act of love (Proverbs 10:12 and I Peter 4:8)?
- What sins do you or I have the ability to forgive, to cover (Luke 17:1-4)?
- Remember, our forgiveness has to be patterned after the Lord’s forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32).
- Make sure you’re in a position to help (Matthew 7:1-5).
- Understand the approaches to use (Jude 1:22-23).
- Know the difference between someone who has basically slipped into sin (Galatians 6:1-2) and someone you have to deal with differently who is less than willing to repent (i.e. Titus 3:9-11).
- Having the goal to bring about true restoration. Never give a false sense of security to someone lost (Jeremiah 23:13-14).
III. Conclusion: Psalms 32:1
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