Proverbs 16:2. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
We love to justify or minimize our sin, but the truth is that God sees everything - every thought, every deed, every word, every motive.
We sin is so many ways.
We sin by commission - doing the wrong thing.
We sin by omission - not doing the right thing.
We sin by doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
But oh, how we like to think differently.
We blame the other person (she started it, he was bugging me, she hurt me, he said it first, etc).
We think the ends justify the means.
We minimize it (it's not like I've killed anyone, or had an affair, or.....)
It's only when we realize how serious sin is, and be purposeful about eliminating it from our lives, that we will see serious growth in our faith and enjoy a closer relationship with God.
I read these quotes this week.....
"Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you." John Owen
"It is only against the pitch blackness of the night that we see the glory of the stars. And it is only against the pitch blackness of man's radical depravity that we can begin to see the glories of the gospel." Paul Washer
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Proverbs 19-21, Acts 24