Posted: Thursday, November 30
1 John 1:1-10
Verse of the day:
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 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.” (1 John 1:8-9 NLT)
We’re all wearing some kind of mask to hide something about ourselves.
Some of us wear a mask …
1. To come across as having everything together
2. To always appear successful
3. To always please others
4. To always look good and appear happy
5. To pretend that we are perfect or to hide our sins
6. To protect ourselves from criticism
We wear masks in order to protect ourselves from the dangers of being who we truly are.
Masks can be extremely suffocating. We were not created to wear them. Deep in our hearts, we long to be free from them. We really don’t want to wear them anymore. But we don’t know any other way to live.
In 1 John 1:8-9, God teaches us how to take off the mask.
First, we must recognize that we’ve been actively hiding something. That our lives are not as perfect and holy as we’ve led on. We must admit we’re sinners. Please don’t get me wrong. God isn’t calling us to a perpetual state of self-condemnation. God is calling us to be honest about who we are so he can shape us into the people he created us to be.
Second, we must confess our sins to God. Remember God’s promise that “…if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” When we confess our sins, we discover that the only One who can truly condemn us, wants to forgive us.