For Those Who Haven’t Sinned
First, given the title of this post, why are YOU reading it?
Apostle John wrote, “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth” (1 John 1:8 NLT).
I know there was probably some background issue that John was writing to deal with, but I think it has resurrected in modern times. In today’s world no one thinks they are a sinner. If Nathaniel Hawthorne had lived in our culture, he could never have conceived of The Scarlet Letter. The only thing that is deemed ‘wrong’ today is telling someone they are wrong. But I’m just pointing fingers at others when I write about this. I need to look into the mirror for a minute.
I freely confess to be a sinner, in desperate need of God’s grace. I often claim to be ‘grace-dependent’ because I am.
In an honest moment, however, I can sometimes think of myself as always being right. I can believe that my approach is best. I can frown when someone suggests something different. That’s not the same as claiming to have no sin, but I wonder how often I overlook my own sin and focus on someone else’s sin? If I do, I’m only fooling myself and not living in the truth.
It’s more serious than just a Christian in need of some honest introspection. John goes on to write:
“If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts” (1 John 1:10 NLT).
Calling God a liar is something I want no part of. But if I fail to acknowledge my all-too-obvious shortcomings, I may be in that territory. The more we spend time in the Word being drawn closer to the heart of the Father, the clearer our station really is. John’s prompt is to bring your sin to the One who can do something about it.
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9 NLT).
Now that’s a heavy burden removed… and a daily focus. We do not have to be afraid to bring it all to Him, because He forgives and cleanses. And I like the word “all” there.
In the Amplified Bible Classic, we read:
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
So, for those who haven’t sinned … well… that’s not anyone reading this. For the rest of us, we have the truth about ourselves to face and we have the truth about our Father to embrace.