“If We Say That We Have No Sin…”

    As a youngster, I remember wondering what it would be like to be blind.  When I thought no one was looking, I would close my eyes and try to walk from place to place in the house.  If anyone ever saw me, I’m sure they would have thought that I had a serious problem!  My self-imposed “blindness” caused me to bump into furniture, stub my toes, and walk into walls. My walking improved instantly when I opened my eyes.  I found that being able to see the things that are causing you to stumble makes all the difference.

  Christians sometimes have a problem walking in the light because of self-imposed blindness.  They close their eyes to their sins.  Sin is a problem for all of us, but it must remain an unresolved problem only if we close our eyes to it.  Jesus told the Pharisees “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains” (John 9:41).  The person who does not recognize his own problem with sin is spiritually blind.  He will not avoid the sin, correct the sin or seek forgiveness for the sin because he has chosen not to see the sin.

  Is sin presently a problem in your life?  Do you struggle to overcome temptation?  Do you occasionally find yourself remorsefully confessing your sins to God or fellow Christians?  Anyone who cannot answer “YES” to these questions, needs to open their eyes and take a good hard look at themselves in light of what the apostle John has to say in 1 John 1:8-9: “If we say that 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.”

  The child of God who has access to the blood of Jesus has a means of resolving the problem of sin.  Once he opens his eyes and sees the problem, he can get cleansing and forgiveness from God by confessing his sins (1 John 1:9).  Continual confession is necessary for continual cleansing of the continual problem of sin.  We are not to confess merely that we “have sin,” but we are to “confess our sins.”   If we say that we that we don’t  have an issue with sin, we are willfully blind and self deceived.

 — Steve Klein

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