Sermon series: Grace to you
1 John 1:8-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Oh. I guess not. That makes things sticky doesn't it? I mean, I sin every day, by sheer virtue of getting up in the morning. Some days, I sin with every breath I take and thought that is in my head. That's a heavy load to bear. Frankly, sometimes it's easier to not confess my sins. Never mind that God has seen every sin I've committed before I've committed them from my birth to death, if I don't tell Him, then that means they're not real, right? I...uh...I'm not the only one who operates that way, right? Tell me yes and make me feel better, ok?
Salvation is a wonderful gift. It's the best gift anyone can ever receive. The end. But, salvation doesn't mean that our sin ends. It means we are no longer slaves to sin. It means we have the power (through Christ) to resist the temptation to sin. But it doesn't mean we no longer sin. I think that's one of the biggest incorrect assumptions non-christians make. "Oh, your a Christian. You're perfect right?" Nope. Heck, I probably sin in my sleep.
We mustn't wallow in our sin, because that's almost as unhealthy as refusing to admit them in the first place. But we must admit them. We must confess to God in prayer, and He will continually offer us the sweet grace that comes only through Christ on the cross.
So simple. Yet so hard.