One of the realities of the Christian life is that while we see others sins so clearly, we frequently have trouble seeing our own. We hear a sermon, read a passage and instantly think–
of someone else.
So, we become ensnared in sin and hardened by its deceitfulness. It is like looking into a mirror in the morning and not noticing the mayonnaise on our face. Our sin is clearly evident, but we simply can’t see it (or won’t).
Brothers and Sisters, this does not have to be! Here are few principles that will help you see the sin in your own life so that by God’s grace, you can deal with it, find forgiveness and grow in holiness.
First, fellowship with God’s people. God specifically tells us that we should encourage one another daily so that we are not hardened by sin (Hebrews 3:12-13). We are exhorted to carefully consider one another, with the purpose of stimulating one another and encouraging one another. This happens when we faithfully gather together (Hebrews 10:24-25). Please don’t buy the lie that you can live the Christian life on your own. You can’t. You need other believers to encourage you. You need them to point out the mayonnaise on your face.
Second, actively seek rebuke. Remember, you can clearly see other people’s sin. Guess what. They can see yours too. The problem is most people don’t want to offer unsolicited help. So, you need to ask. Go to people who are close to you: your spouse, your children, a fellow member of your church and ask them:
- Are there any sins in my life that I am missing?
- Are there areas that you think I need to grow in to be more Christlike?
Third, learn to graciously and humbly receive correction. There are those rare brave people who will approach you about sin they see in your life. They love you enough to point out the mayonnaise. Please, let them help. Even if they are not totally right in every detail and at every point, there is probably some truth in what they are trying to tell you. Cultivate friends like this.