“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults”. PS 19:12
A FAULT is generally defined first of all as something that is responsible for a bad or an unpleasant situation.
It’s a certain *feature* of something that makes it less good; *less than perfect*.
In other words, it is a problem with a model or a piece of equipment that *hinders or stops it from functioning correctly and efficiently* like it was made or meant to do.
Therefore, a fault can be just *a small mistake* in a product that spoils its appearance or *slightly* renders it less than perfect.
The psalmist admits to a certain feature of himself that renders him imperfect.
He is admitting to the *inherent problem* shared by all mankind courtesy of Adam. That means *every human is flawed*, faulty in some way.
Every manufacturer makes or builds his product to function in a definite way so as to serve the purpose or need for its creation in the first place . He therefore provides instructions to *guide its functions*. He also identifies certain patterns and their causes, and provides solutions for them.
Presenting himself therefore to his Maker, the psalmist does more than admit to his being faulty; he goes on to hint that it’s an inherent problem, a feature or situation that’s found with him, but is hidden. He is trusting his Manufacturer to mend him. The apostle Paul also made similar confessions. In Rom 7:14, Paul says ” *the trouble is with me*. . . .
Our own faults also render us imperfect, ineffective and less beautiful. Let not anyone deceive themselves that they are without fault, and kid ourselves with the notion of being “perfect” .
Due to this tendency to be faulty, we *should not shun criticisms but rather consider ourselves, and examine ourselves by the very same* . The unfortunate thing about criticism is that we tend to give it not in a reconciliatory manner; but often in anger and disapproval. Therefore it is also perceived by the receiving end as unfriendly or condemning.
What’s the biblical way to deal with our individual faults?
We are to be humble and to confess it to God. (1Jn 1:9)
James exhorts that we “confess our faults to each other and to pray for each other”. *We are not just to pray for a person we identify a fault with; we must either confront them with it, or the person must first of all confess/admit to it*. Then we are to pray for him/her. (Jam 5:16)
The Greek word rendered “to confess” is *ex omologeisthe* .The preposition *ex*, forth, out, implies *full, Frank, open admission* of sin or fault.
Is it necessary to *ex omologeisthe* our faults to others ?
Yes, it is the right thing to do, and it is scriptural. (Ps 38:18).In fact, scripture aligns the possibility of our sicknesses and healings with it . “When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and l groaned all day long” (Ps 32: 3). James established admission to our faults and shortcomings can positively guarantee healing (Jam 5:16).
We can always come before our Maker and confess our faults to Him. He alone can make us whole and complete in Him. It also matters to Him that we follow up with one another and be frank about our weaknesses and faults. He who fails to own up to their faults by concealing and excusing them, or by outright denial is not likely to prosper.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen!
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