“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)
What is the worst sin we can commit? Is it murder, adultery, stealing or even some form of witchcraft? All of these sins are terrible, yet there is another sin that may be even worse. The worst sin we can commit is the first sin we commit and fail to seek God’s forgiveness. Why do I say that this is the worst sin?
According to today’s passage of scripture, sin can have a ‘hardening’ effect upon us. What does it mean to be hardened by sin? Perhaps this illustration will help us better understand. Compare the hands of a small child to the hands of a man who does hard physical work. A small child’s hands are soft and tender and very sensitive to even the slightest of injury. How different that is from the hands of a man who does hard labor. His hands are covered with calluses and less sensitive to pain. So it is with the spirit of the child of God. A constant committing of sin without a constant confession of sin may cause us to form a spiritual callus upon our heart.
How can we maintain a soft and sensitive spirit? Consider these words from the Apostle John-
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Note John’s two very important pieces of instruction:
1) We must continuously walk in the light, even as God is in the light
Not enough can be said about the importance of spending some time each day in the Word of God. Unless we live in God’s light, we will grope in spiritual darkness.
2) We must quickly confess our sin as soon as it occurs
John tells us that if we claim to have no sin, we are lying and deceiving ourselves. But, if we confess our sins, God will always be faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.