The word of God sometimes poses a question to draw our attention to the main message.
One of those questions is this:
“But who can discern their own errors?” Psalm 19:12a NIV
By the way, even if it looks like a question, it is actually a factual statement, hidden in a question format.
The fact is: NO ONE can know his/her errors, mistakes, faults, sins, flaws and brokenness.
If you are like me, you may immediately rebut and say, “Well, I am very much aware of my sins and as soon as I see them, I confess to God and ask His forgiveness.” Right?
Well, the above verse does not say, “You cannot confess your sins.” Rather, it says, “You cannot recognize or perceive your sins.”
Do you see it?
As soon as we come to know our sins, we run to a Savior who can save us from our sins. This is our default response to our recognition of our sin.
But if don’t it, we cannot confess it.
Look at the following three Bible verses:
“He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31 NASB
“When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”” Acts 11:18 NASB
“with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,” 2 Timothy 2:25 NASB
The common or similar phrase we see from the above three verses is this: It is God who grants repentance.
Do you see it?
Unless the Holy Spirit helps us to discern our lives, we have no way of knowing our sins. We simply cannot!
The call of God that goes like this: “COME” is a wakeup call for us from a spiritual death.
As soon as He calls us, we become aware of our sins and the first thing we say, “Forgive me for I am a sinner.”
So, when we see people walking and living in sin, let’s pray for them, not so they stop their sinful lifestyle, but even better, so they will be saved.
Only a saved person, a person who is called by God to COME, is the one who is awake from a spiritual death, is able to pray, “forgive me.”
Salvation belongs to God, not to us.
Once the dead is called to life by God, “come forth,” the rest of his/her life story this:
“Loose him and let him go.” (John 11:43-44)
You know what that life looks like?
It is a life of unceasing repentance and joy knowing that Jesus Christ “is the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 2:2).
So, the gist of this post is this: We’re repenting of our sin by the help of the Holy Spirit, not because we have a complete “knowledge of good and evil.”
Aren’t you thankful because the Holy Spirit lives in you?
I am eternally grateful and thankful!
If you are not sure if the Holy Spirit lives in you, you may be spiritual dead. If so, call on the name of Jesus. Call His name. Cry before Him saying, “Lord, save me,” because the Bible says, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 NASB
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 NIV
Only one name: Jesus Christ. ///