The liars among us

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 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.”
‭‭I John‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬-‭10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The liars among us

There is a truth that is hard for the common follower of Jesus to grasp, to hold onto securely, for it is very slippery. It is the truth that we are but sinners saved by grace, having no virtue unto ourselves, but only worthy because Jesus is worthy.

Our grasp of this truth is made difficult, because we are all covered in the grease of personal pride, thinking that we are more righteous than we are, allowing us to be blinded to our own sin.

I am blessed by a vivid memory, as each wretched thing I have ever done plays like a nightmarish loop in the recesses of my mind.

The evil one has planted those thoughts, but what he has meant for evil the Lord has used for good. I walk in a state of perpetual humility, believing deeply that I am not worthy of His grace nor the love of anyone. But the Lord Jesus reminds me day after day that I am His.

But still my inner liar tries to rear his ugly head.

Entering I John this morning, I paused over the passage in verses five through ten, reflecting on my own lies that I have told myself, of the multitude of times I have sought to rationalize my sins so that I could keep doing them, and to relieve the conviction that I felt.

As I have matured, I have gotten to the point where I can’t easily rationalize away my sinfulness, for it is clear that if one professes to walk in the light, and instead walks in darkness, there is a dissonance that cannot be ignored. The Lord convicts me, pointing at the conflict of light and darkness, as my actions for His glory, run headlong into my actions in the flesh.

I have found great relief in the constant washing from the word, as I have pored over it, not neglecting the passages like the one above that serve to convict and remind me whose I am. The word of God is an x ray, searching me and probing even the places I try and hide.

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV

The word of God is the slayer of liars, for through it, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we know the truth about ourselves. Still, there are times when, even as the word has revealed to me the truth, that I seek to call God a liar, opting to believe in my own righteousness, despite abundant evidence to the contrary.

As a result of this, I find that I become prideful, pious, seeing myself as far more virtuous than I ought. The sins of others become seemingly more vivid, but in reality I am merely projecting onto them my own sins.

We are called to walk in fellowship with one another, loving one another with the agape love of Jesus. In that love, we show the grace of the Lord, seeing others as He sees us through the image of His Son. This kind of love is hard in the flesh, if not impossible, for it is a love that goes beyond the momentary feeling that we may have, and is a choice, sometimes made under the most dire of circumstances.

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
I Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV

““But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”
Luke 6:32-36 NKJV

Brothers and sisters, let us root out the liars among us, especially the ones we see in the mirror. Walking in the light as the Lord walks in the light is a command and not an option, for we have been placed on mission to go and share the Gospel.

We have been charged with being the hands and feet of Jesus, bringing comfort to the sick, feeding the poor, visiting the widow and orphan, and bring the Good News to those in prison, whether it be those incarcerated, or those trapped in the prison of addiction and mental illness.

To be the hands and feet of our Lord, we must deal with those things that keep us from being effective, our sins. We need to see ourselves accurately, that we be able to see others and best minister to them.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I John 1:9 NKJV

Let us acknowledge the omniscience of the Lord, and seek Him to examine us, that we be His perfect messengers, made mature by His word, and searched constantly for anything that can cause offense.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV

Have a Fantastic Friday!





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