March 10, 2017: How Long Can You Keep a Secret?

Morning: Matthew 13:33-43; Noon: Deuteronomy 2:26-5:22; Evening: Psalm 42-43

How long can you keep a secret? Many of us burst at the seams by the containment of just one! After only two encounters with his brothers, Joseph was said to no longer have had the ability to restrain himself and revealed himself on the third meeting (Gen. 45:1). He could not keep his secret any longer. He had to make it known.

God can keep long secrets. Jesus said, “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world” (Mat. 13:35). The prophets before had only revealed a partial description of God’s plan. They did not reveal the whole. The Old Testament is not completed revelation. The Old Testament is only partial revelation. The things that Jesus and His apostles revealed were things hidden since the time when the world began (Rom. 16:25). The New Testament is continued revelation. The New Testament reveals things not known before.

There are secrets that we must keep today. When somebody sins, acknowledges his transgression, and receives forgiveness, we are duty bound to hide that transgression and no longer expose it. The proverb says, He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends” (17:9), and again, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins” (10:12). Peter also draws from the same proverbs adding only this, “have fervent love for one another” (1 Pet. 4:11). Hence, this we ought to do constantly and eagerly if we love one another. If we are eager to expose one another’s transgressions then truly the love of God does not dwell in our hearts. We need to reexamine our lives again. We need to cast out these demons who are being allowed to control our lives.

We also need to keep secret our good works, as much as it depends upon us. Jesus spoke of the Father rewarding those whose charitable deed is in secret (Mat. 6:4). Others are permitted to honor us, but we should not honor ourselves. To honor oneself is to do so with great folly (Pro. 12:9).

So how long can you keep a secret? Can you keep the door of your mouth closed until this flood of dissipation and ungodly living passes? Be warned! If you open your mouth you might just be swept away with the rest of them!

A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” (Proverbs 11:13)

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