If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8 (NKJV)
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:10 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Chronicals 17-20
1 John 1:8 (NLT) — If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
1 John 1:10 (NLT) — If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Recognizing our need for God’s forgiveness is the first step to experience His grace and mercy in our lives. The truth in His Word teaches us that without acknowledging our wickedness and sin, there will be no chance of walking in forgiveness. The way to life, is not to try deny or hide our sin from God, but to be honest and confess it! God tells us once again in His Word that all have sinned, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
The Bible goes so far as to call God a liar if we say that we have not sinned. This is a strong statement, to highlight this principle! We all fall short many times, just reading James 4:17 tells us, “To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, it is sin” I wonder how many of us are guilty of this? How many times have we not had the opportunity to do good, and we did not do it? We would be deceiving ourselves greatly to think we do not need God’s forgiveness daily!
We must all acknowledge and confess our sins to the Lord continually. In Proverbs 20:9 the Psalmist asks, “Who can say, I have cleansed my heart, I am cleansed of my sin?” If we are sincere one, any of us, only through forgiveness that God offers! It is necessary to approach God and recognize the many times we have fallen short in our walk with Him. Every day we draw near in our time with The Lord we must remember the words of Jesus when he taught his disciples to pray, “And Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors “(Matthew 6:12).
Job 15:14 (NKJV) — “What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?
James 3:2 (NKJV) — For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Proverbs 20:9 (NKJV) — Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?
Psalms 130:3 (NKJV) — If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
Psalms 19:12 (NKJV) — Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.