I’ve often wondered how we are held accountable for those sins we don’t even realize we’re committing. I’ve especially wondered about those people who have not encountered the Word of God and don’t know that He exists, let alone know enough to make a decision about whether to believe in Him.
It is said that when we die and meet God He knows the condition of our hearts and the acts we’ve committed and He will judge accordingly; and while we’ve been given Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice, Leviticus gives us guidance on this topic:
These passages tell us we are responsible for sins we commit unknowingly; we are held accountable for them. This should encourage us to ask for forgiveness as soon as we realize we’ve sinned, rather it was an hour ago, a day ago, or a decade ago. That’s not enough though, we need to apologize for those sins we aren’t conscious of. God knows them even if we don’t.
Known sins left untended end up festering inside of us. They cause us to become fearful, someone might find out; someone might judge us. They cause us embarrassment. They can place barriers between us and God as well as between us and others.
Guilt and fear are not from God. They are tools used by Satan to disrupt our relationships, both with God and with other people. They also disrupt our relationship with ourselves. We become embarrassed and non-sharing. We even deny to ourselves what happened so we don’t have to face it.