1 John 1:9-10
“9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 23 Against such things there is no law.”
Making a liar out of God. That sounds about right. Nope, I’m good, no sin in my life! Wouldn’t that make a whole bunch of folks happy to proclaim God’s a liar, God’s a liar!
If we confess our sins…. Do we even know the half of it? Do we even think we know the half of it? Have we drawn the line so differently than Christ did when He really amped up the original 10 sin boundaries in the sermon on the mount/plain (links to them attached)?
“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.” Galatians 5:19-21.
So, who’s the liar: us or God? It seems like the world today is so much more like what’s described in Galatians 5:19-21 than 22-23. If God isn’t lying, He’s telling the truth. So, the fruit of the spirit, what the vast majority all hope we can be at our core, starting with love, joy and peace, is the truth. God’s truth.
The fruit of the spirit, desirable, lofty, and obtainable. How? By understanding and owning just how broken we are, how far off the path we’ve gone. By coming back home to the God that came to us, not the gods that demand we climb to them, not the self centric reasoning of the world.
Come home to the good life.