January 25, 2017
“If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
A radio ad promotes a service that will clean up the reputation of a business adversely affected by false online ratings. Why is there even a need for such a service? We live in a society heavily influenced by fake news and false narratives, especially in politics and global movements. It takes diligence to search out who is telling the truth, and to figure out the agenda of those who deceive. People will lie to promote their own business or to advance their own reputation or cause.
Of course, deception is nothing new. The Pharisees lied and paid soldiers to lie about the resurrection of Christ. False prophets in Israel spoke soothing lies to their king that they were safe from their enemies. Jacob lied to his father Isaac in order to get his blessings.
It all started with the “father of lies”, Satan, who told Eve that God was lying about the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree in the Garden of Eden. This lying about God results in lying about ourselves. God says that all have sinned and so “if we say have no sin, we deceive ourselves.” John adds to that in vs. 10: “If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.“
There are many deceivers in this world. Pray for wisdom to discern the truth from lies. But above all, do not deceive yourself about your sin. That is the deadliest deception of all. Instead, believe the greatest truth of all: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”, for the “blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin”.(1 John 1: 9,7)
Peace and Truth be yours,