Have you ever known anyone who would never admit when they were wrong? No matter how insurmountable the evidence is against them, they will not confess to making a mistake. Should a follower of God have this kind of mentality? Can one even be a child of God if they wont admit error? The apostle John would declare it to be an impossibility. “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Before one can be right with God, they must admit to themselves that because of sin they need God. Some people will never admit fault. These people are deceiving themselves and can never be forgiven. God will not forgive the person who does not admit his need for forgiveness.
On the other hand, if we are honest with ourselves, identify the sins in our life and confess our sinfulness before self and God, we can be forgiven. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God is Truth and cannot be in fellowship with lies. Those in the light (1 John 1:7) understand that all have sinned and have no problem admitting it. From the admission of guilt comes the blessing of forgiveness. We all have all sinned, continue to sin, and will continue to sin. Even when we fail time after time again, there is still hope in Christ, for redemption and salvation.
“If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us”
(1 John 1:10).