Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Delusion of Sin

This morning, bleary-eyed and stumbling to make coffee, I noticed the refrigerator shelf was all covered in stains and crumbs. How did it get that way? What a pigsty! The Filth Elf must sneak in somehow, because I keep a spotless home.

With a sigh, I removed the shelf and cleaned it. It takes little time, but it is one of the last things I ever notice or deal with. In actuality, I am not a fantastic house cleaner. It is usually neat, but scrubbed and vacuumed and dusted? No.

As I cleaned the shelf, I remembered the first time my mother-in-law mentioned I should clean the refrigerator. I was flabbergasted. What was there to clean in a refrigerator? I know. I should be ashamed to even admit this. But it is true. I simply did not see how dirty a refrigerator becomes without regular cleaning. Literally, did. not. see.

This is how I feel so many of us respond to sin. It is staring us in the face, kicking us in the shin, strangling us to death...and we do. not. see.

The shelf looked much better, sparkling clean. I need to do this more often.

1 John 1:8-10 

If we say 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 we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


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