-She Paid The Price For All The Dead Mice-
There was once a woman who had a mice infestation problem. Everytime she found a dead mouse, she would throw it in the closet and forget about it. She did this for some time and one evening she had some guests over. When one lady caught wind of a smell, she said to the host, something seems to stink in your home and she goes to the closet to see what it was and the lady who was hosting exclaimed, “Don’t open the door!” However, it was too late because the other woman already turned the knob and out came the dead mice that had been piled up in her closet.
Some do likewise with sins and wrongdoing, they never throw out what is rank and vile or smells odious but they try to conceal their sins instead of ridding their lives of the ways that stink. They may cover it over with the smell good sprays of good works yet their guilt is not easily masked, and only temporary at best. They may hide who they are with a bag that is a facade, yet everything eventually comes out and they cannot hide what they do forever.
The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.
[1 Timothy 5:24-25]
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense. The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom. What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted. When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. (Proverbs 10:18-25)
Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. (Proverbs 26:23-28)