The problem with my heart, indeed, the problem with all of our hearts, is that it “is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9). That means I have an incredible ability to deceive myself concerning my own sinfulness. And that is a big problem.
So the issue I face is not that the Holy Spirit fails to show me my sin, but that I am blind to what he shows me, or at the very least, that I don’t think it is a big deal. At the same time, I do have an incredible ability to spot sin in other people. I can see it a mile away, and I have great insights into why it is there, and how it should be removed.
In recent years, however, God has been drawing my attention to my own sin. To be honest, it has sometimes been overwhelming. Strangely, this has seemed to reduce my own ability to see sin in the lives of other people. More often than not now, I don’t see much of it at all.
Now I don’t have the distractions of other people’s sin. Now I have the time and space to be real with God and tell him about what I really see within myself. Finally, I am able to be honest.
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