Jesus is coming back for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle. We cannot be a part of the Bride of Christ without a wedding garment. We need a robe of righteousness that only Jesus can provide. He provides us that garment by first washing our sins away by His shed blood on the cross. We need to keep that garment clean and Jesus provides us help to do that with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to comfort us and encourage. And part of the work of the Spirit is to convict us of sin.
As Christians we must deal with sin. In John’s First Epistle we read:
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)
King David was a man after God’s own heart, yet King David sinned. He was an adultery and murderer. When the Prophet Nathan placed him under conviction for his grave sin with Bathsheba he repented. David saw his grave sin but he remembered the character of God who is willing to show mercy and forgiveness to all those who truly repent of their sins. David prayed this beautiful psalm:
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge. (Psalm 51:1-4)
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12)
David said that his sin was ever before him, but he had hid his sin from himself. We are also capable of doing that. That is why we need to pray another psalm that deals with unknown sin and willful sin:
Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalms 19:12-14)
Willful or presumptuous sin may be the most dangerous sin of all for the Christian. The Book of Hebrews reminds us:
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Lastly, we need to be proactive about our sin. We need to seek the conviction of the Holy Spirit on a continual basis:
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24)
We cannot remove our sin from us. Only God can do that. Nonetheless, we must not attempt to hide our sin from God. He will only forgive that which we confess.