The truth lies between grace and repentance

Lies deflect
The light of truth.
Have the courage
To honestly reflect

Repentance is to
“Walk in the light”
And no longer disguise
Or hide your lies.

Liar, liar
Twists the truth
To hide the evil fire
Of corrupt desire.

Don’t leave your soul
Laying around
In the sin
Of lying.

The lies you tell
Have a stronger hold
On your life
Than the lies you’re told.

Even a small lie lies outside the realm of truth. Lies are misleading attempts to distort or cover up the truth. Distorting the truth is dishonesty — the sin of deception.

Lies are out of touch with the real world. Liars promote their Lalaland fantasies and deny reality.

Lying isn’t a trivial thing. It’s an attempt to blatantly and intentionally deceive and mislead people. Lies run from truth and hide like Adam and Eve in the garden.

The more lies that you allow to lie around in your heart and in your mind, the further you are from God. To repent is to walk in the light — to honestly testify against yourself.

Until we’re honest and let go of the darkness of deception we’ll never be aligned with God. “In Him there is no darkness at all.” The living Jesus is the door to grace! Lord, have mercy on me.

Dishonesty’s a major sin because unless you honestly admit your need for God’s grace (repent) you falsely believe you deserve it. Grace is unmerited favor. It’s God’s free gift to those who don’t deserve it. Believing that you deserve grace causes you to reject it.

Repentance (admitting the evil of your sin) doesn’t earn God’s grace. It makes you realize that you desperately need it.

Self-love says, “I’m amazing and worthy to be honored.” The reality within me says, “What amazing grace that God can love me!”

Self-love isn’t the way to joy or hope. Love for Jesus is. When we try to prove our worthiness, we go amiss and mislead ourselves into believing that we are something that we aren’t.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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