If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
In the past couple of days, I have heard or read of different people saying “that’s not who I am” in defense of their outrageous behavior. The truth is we often mislead ourselves. We tell ourselves we’re smarter, better looking or prettier than other people, that our political party or political leaders can do no wrong, and more.
It’s impossible for us to be people of integrity if we cannot even be honest with ourselves. If we lie to ourselves about our motivations, our weaknesses, our failings, our sins, we will find ourselves in all kinds of trouble.
By lying to ourselves about these things, we can justify any sin we commit, any wrong action we take. We make excuses for why we did what we did. For example we reason and make some below statements:
“I don’t really have a problem with my attitude. Everyone just misunderstands me.”
“I don’t really have a problem with pride, lust, (or whatever your sin may be). Sure I fall sometimes, but doesn’t everyone?”
“I know the Bible says this is sin, but my case is different because….”
The problem is, the more we tell ourselves these lies, the more we start to believe them. As the old saying goes, “The worst kind of deception is self-deception.”
God desires truth in our inward parts, our heart. Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in secret You will make wisdom known to me.”
Honesty of heart is truthfulness of thought, or having no deception in the mind. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.” (James 3:13)
Being honest with yourself, isn’t easy. It can be hard work! It’s easier to justify why we do it. But it does get easier with time as you acknowledge the hidden secrets of your heart. And God will help!