One problem with dishonesty is that just keeping a record of our lies and pretenses is a full-time job! Abraham Lincoln often said, “If a man is going to be a liar, he had better have a good memory!” Telling one lie often leads to having to tell more lies in order to … More
The next step our dishonesty is trying to lie to God (v. 10). We contradict His Word which says that “all have sinned” and we try to say that we are exceptions to the rule. We apply God’s Word to others but refuse to put it’s search light on ourselves. We sit through Church services and are not touched by the messages. A Christian who has reached this point will usually be highly critical of other Christians but will strongly resist applying the Word to their own lives. We must be honest with ourselves, honest with others and honest with God. The key word is confess (v. 9). This requires an honest appraisal of practices in our lives that are contrary to His standard. God warns that “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper” (Proverbs 28:13). The essence of the Christian life is first to realize our sin; and then to go to God for that forgiveness which can wipe out the past and for that cleansing which can make the future new.
It is so easy to be dishonest with ourselves, with others and with God. Not to admit my sin, is to call God a liar (Rom 3:23). The hardest words to say are the words I’m sorry.”
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
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I John 1:1-4Is your fellowship grounded in God’s Word?
I John 1:5-7What effects your relationships?
I John 1:8-10Sins’ reality and remedy
I John 2:1-6Tests of true knowledge
I John 2:7-11God’s people are to love one another
I John 2:12-14Three categories of believers
I John 2:15-17Worldliness is a matter of the heart
I John 2:18-22The opponent of Christ
I John 2:23-27Jesus and God are one
I John 2:28-29Twisting the Scriptures
I John 3:1-3A clear description of God’s Children
I John 3:4-8Reasons why Jesus died on the cross
I John 3:9-12I have two dogs living in me
I John 3:11-16Don’t be surprised if the world hates you
I John 3:17-18Love is an action, not a feeling
I John 3:19-24Doctrine and love are both needed
I John 4:1-3Don’t believe everything you hear
I John 4:4-6Sure tests for true teaching
I John 4:7-12Love is an action
I John 4:13-21Pretending is not a mark of maturity