Lying to Ourselves
Read 1 John 1:8-9 (ESV)
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
How aware are you of sin in your life?
It is always easier to point out evil in the world and sin in other people’s lives than to notice and admit to the sin that’s in our own thoughts or deeds. We seem to have a blind spot when it comes to ourselves. When we sin, we’d rather call it a mistake. In our hearts, we want to believe that what we are doing is ok and that there isn’t anything wrong with us. But in reality, there is something wrong with us—we have sin in our hearts.
The prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jeremiah wasn’t just talking about other people’s hearts. He was talking about everyone’s heart. Our hearts lie to us because they are sick with sin. We can’t trust our own hearts!
You see, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, they brought sin into the entire world. In Romans 5:12, Paul explains: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”
Through Adam, we were born into sin and all of us continue to commit sin. John confirms this in today’s verse saying that if we choose to say we never sin, we are lying to ourselves! An even bigger reality check is not just that we sin. It’s that the penalty for our sin is death (Romans 6:23).
Thankfully, John doesn’t just tell us the cold hard truth and then leave us sitting in despondency over the facts. He gives us so much hope when he says if we own up to our sins and confess them, God is faithful to forgive our sins and make us clean.
Friend, you are a sinner whether you want to believe it or not. But take heart, if you confess your sins to God, through Jesus Christ, He is faithful to forgive you. And that’s the truth.
Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me for all of the ways that I have wronged you and wronged others. Make me clean and righteous in Your sight. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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