If we claim, “We don’t have any sin,” we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong. – 1 John 1: 8-9

I mess things up frequently.  I’m also guilty of trying to justify my misdeeds so they don’t seem that bad, or make it seem to me that I didn’t really mess up at all.  I tell myself that my mistakes aren’t as bad as other people’s faults.  I might even try to pretend that what I did wrong, didn’t even happen, kind of like when you do something clumsy and you hope no one saw it, so you can pretend it didn’t happen.

That being said, my sinfulness is still sin, even if I’m trying to deceive myself.  The author of 1 John, hits the nail on the head.  We are reminded to be honest with ourselves and with God.

The good news?  There’ grace for that.  We are forgiven. It may not take away the consequences, but it does fix the relationship.  And in my heart of hearts, it’s good to know that things are good between me and God.

Today’s challenge: Be honest with yourself.  Honesty is a must in every healthy relationship.  Without it, there is no trust.  Be honest with yourself so you can be honest with the Lord.  There, you will find forgiveness and grace.  One more note, when you get honest with the Lord, let God take away the shame the Adversary is building in you.

Prayer:  Lord, I’m a sinner, I screw things up regularly.  Forgive me. Show me your grace again and again and again.  Heal our relationship where I have broken it.  Amen.