Eze 24:12 “‘Jerusalem might work hard to scrub away her stains. But that ‘rust’ will not go away! Only the fire of punishment will remove it.
Covering up our own sin is like wasting energy scrubbing rust off of iron.
When my sin was deep, I did my best to lie, cover it up, justify it, pretend it never happend but as I read Ezekiel, no one gets away with sin without His punishment.
As humans, we have a tendency to avoid sufferings. We don’t want to be punished. We don’t want the Word of God to be fulfilled when it comes to our sin. We only want God’s word about His blessings and prosperity to manifest when we snap our fingers.
The more we try to avoid His punishment, the more we find ourselves rotating in the same sin we claimed to have repented over months ago… Years ago.
The only way to stop doing it for good (or as frequent as usual) is to accept God’s punishment. Get real about your sin and go through God’s fire like a mature believer.
God punishes us because He loves us. Think about it. If He were to simply kill us, we would go to Hell. Instead, He gives us a chance to change our ways on earth even if it means we have to suffer just a little compared to eternity. That’s Grace.