Basketball coach Rick Petino confessed to an adulterous affair and made this very wise observation:
“When you have a problem, if you tell the truth, your problem becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.”
When the Spirit of God convicts me of specific sin, if I run to First John 1.9 it is gone (more than in the past, God chooses to remember it no more). If I ignore, suppress, deny; it remains in my present, and my future.
When the Spirit of God convicts a lost person of their sin and guilt before God, if they run to the Cross and the Gospel it is buried and gone; if they suppress…they may never have another opportunity.
“Today is the day of salvation,” “now is the accepted time.”