1 John 1:8-10
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. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
To sin means to miss the mark, to err or be mistaken, to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour. It also means to do or go wrong and wander from the law of God.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. The thing about being deceived is you think you’re right and don’t know that you’re wrong. Did you ever try convince someone they were wrong when they were convinced they were right? It is nearly an impossibility. Most of the time when we are deceived and think we are right it takes some type of occurrence or situation out of our control to get our attention and convince us that we were wrong about something. Unfortunately it seems we human beings often require pain to learn. When pleasure comes our way we are quick to assume that it’s because we have done well and the LORD is blessing us. However the Bible says in Romans 2:4, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
It is dangerous to assume that because things are going well that we have arrived spiritually.
If we say we have no sin the truth is not in us. When we have truly allowed the truth, God’s love for us, to permeate our heart and being, it is easy to see that there are still places in our life were we are not like Jesus Christ yet. The awesome thing is that all I must do is confess that area that is still not like the love of Christ and He is faithful and just to forgive us and change us into His image.