1 John 1:8 - Why We Need Jesus!

1 John 1:8 (NKJV) If we say that we have no 
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not 
in us.  

1 John 1:8 (AMP) If we say we have no sin 
[refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and 
lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the 
Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in 
our hearts].  


Two Ways We Can Live
   By nature, Im a messy person. But the 
irony is that I dont like messes, even though I 
make a lot of them. Ill let messes build up, 
and then eventually Ill start cleaning up out 
of frustration. In contrast, my wife, Cathe, is 
very neat and tidy. She doesnt allow messes to 
pile up because shes always cleaning. 
   So we have two approaches to cleaning: 
the Greg way and the Cathe way. The Greg way is 
to never do today what you can put off until 
tomorrow. If theres some dust, sweep it under the 
rug. And if you want to get rid of something, 
just throw it in a drawer. 
   The Cathe way is to clean the rug and 
clean underneath the rug. The Cathe way is to 
organize the drawer you throw something into. 
   Its the same way with life. There are 
two ways we can live. We can let messes build up 
into bigger problems, or we can constantly see 
our need to be cleansed. We all sin. Maybe some 
of us sin more than others, but one sin is 
enough to separate us from God. 
   The Bible says, If we claim we have no 
sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living 
in the truth (1 John 1:8 NLT). So if you 
say, Im a good person. I dont sin, 
then youre deceiving yourself. Were all 
sinners because weve broken Gods laws and have 
fallen short of His standards. 
   Yet the next verse offers this promise: 
But if we confess our sins to him, he is 
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to 
cleanse us from all wickedness (verse 9 NLT). 
   You dont have to clean up your life to 
come to God. Rather, come to God, and He will 
clean up your life. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


Here John was attacking the second claim of 
the false teachers: that people had no natural 
tendency toward sin, that they had "no sin," and that 
they were then incapable of sinning. This is a 
lie. The false teachers refused to take sin 
seriously. They wanted to be considered Christians, but 
they saw no need to confess and repent. The death 
of Christ did not mean much to them because 
they didn't think they needed it. Instead of 
repenting and being purified by Christ's blood, they 
were encouraging sin among believers. In this 
life we are always capable of sinning, so we 
should never let down our guard. [Life Application 

The false teachers not only denied that sin 
breaks fellowship with God (1:6) and that they had 
a sinful nature (1:8), but they also denied 
that their conduct involved any sin at all 
(1:10). That was a lie that ignored one basic truth: 
All people are sinners by nature and by 
practice. At conversion all our sins are 
forgiven"past, present, and future. Yet even after we 
become Christians, we still sin and still need to 
confess. This kind of confession is not offered to 
gain God's acceptance but to remove the barrier 
to fellowship that our sin has put between us 
and him. It is difficult, however, for many 
people to admit their faults and shortcomings, even 
to God. It takes humility and honesty to 
recognize our weaknesses, and most of us would rather 
pretend that we are strong. But we need not fear 
revealing our sins to God - he knows them already. He 
will not push us away, no matter what we've done. 
Instead, he will draw us to himself. [Life 
Application SB] 

We should not try to lessen our guilt by 
excusing sin. We must accept God's estimate of sin, 
and that is heavy indeed. Calvary alone can 
reveal the terrible enormity of sin. If we had to 
bear our own guilt, it would crush us. But the 
sinless One has taken our place; though undeserving, 
He has borne our iniquity. "If we confess our 
sins," God "is faithful and just to forgive us our 
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 
1 John 1:9. Glorious truth! - just to His own 
law, and yet the Justifier of all that believe in 
Jesus. MB116 


Keeping An Honest Account
   We deceive ourselves when we say we have 
no sin. The Scripture doesn't say that we are 
sin; it says that it is possible for us to sin 
and for sin to reside in our mortal bodies 
(Romans 6:12). We are not sinless saints; we are 
saints who sin. It's important to keep honest 
account of our failures and pick up our cross daily. 
When we become aware of a discrepancy between our 
identity and our behavior, we must confess it and 
deal with it. The person who deceives himself by 
ignoring these sinful discrepancies and allowing them 
to build up is headed for a great fall.  
   Those of us who live in earthquake-prone 
Southern California keep hearing about "the big one," 
which is thought by many to be inevitable along 
the San Andreas fault. Whenever we experience 
minor earthquakes (up to about 4.0 on the Richter 
scale), we may be frightened by them a bit, but we 
also see them as a good sign. These little 
tremors mean that the plates in the earth's crust 
beneath us are shifting. As long as the crust is 
adjusting this way, it's unlikely that "the big one" 
will hit. It's when we don't get any minor 
earthquakes for several months or years that the danger 
of a major, devastating quake increases.  
   Similarly, living in the light, holding 
ourselves accountable to God, and confessing and 
dealing with sin on a daily basis prevents the major 
spiritual crises from building up in our lives. If we 
keep saying, "I don't have any sin," or if we 
fail to acknowledge our shortcomings and settle 
our differences with people as God convicts us 
of them, we're in for "the big one." We will 
eventually lose our health, our family, our job, or our 
friendships. Unacknowledged sin is like a cancer which 
will grow to consume us.  
   Lord, I know Your guidance is for my 
benefit. I refuse to allow stubbornness and pride to 
render me insensitive to Your nudges and warnings 
in my life today. [Daily in Christ by Neil 


   Don't be afraid to face your sins. Except 
for Me, there has never been a sinless person. 
If you claim to be without sin, you deceive 
yourself and evade the truth. It's actually quite 
freeing to confess your sins, knowing that I will 
forgive you and purify you from all unrighteousness. 
The good news is that I have redeemed you - paid 
the full penalty for all your sins. When you 
confess your wrongdoings, you are aligning yourself 
with the truth. Since I Myself am the Truth, your 
confession draws you closer to Me. It also sets you 
free from nagging guilt feelings. 
   When you realize you have sinned in your 
thoughts, words, or actions, admit it immediately. 
Your confession need not be lengthy or eloquent. 
It can be as simple as: "Forgive me and cleanse 
me, Lord." I have already done the hard part - 
dying on the cross for your sins. Your part is to 
live in the Light of the Truth. I, your Savior, 
am the Light of the world. (1Joh. 1:8, 9; John 
14;6; 8:32) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 


Romans 3:12 - Jesus; Our Greatest Need!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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