Have you robbed a bank or committed adultery lately? Have you committed murder or been arrested for a DUI? Do you lie to your boss about the hours you work or help yourself to the petty cash kept on hand? These are all examples of “big” or obvious sins and when you and I walk through life for a long time not committing any of these acts but reading about others who do, we can become numb to our own sinfulness. I know I can. We might even be lulled into thinking we’re actually a pretty good, sin-free believer.
But wait just a minute. Has everything you’ve said recently been 100% the truth without minimizing or exaggeration? Have you stolen from your employer by checking your Facebook account three or four times a day? Did you correct the store clerk when he made a mistake in your favor? Have you thought any thoughts today that are less than honorable? Sin is falling short of God’s ideal and desire for us and unless we actually catch that shortcoming and repent of our wrongdoing we are overconfident in ourself. Remember that overconfident disciple who said he would never deny his Lord and a few short hours later claimed to not even know Him? Jesus gave His life for the obvious and the not so obvious sin. “Lord, help us to see both and respond to You quickly.”
The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing souls and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4: 12, 16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other… (James 5:16)