“In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”Matthew 23:28
Two very different types of hearts collided while Jesus was teaching in the temple courts. One was quite aware of its righteousness, and the other quite aware of its sin. The righteous Pharisee’s heart came to condemn and test; the sinful woman was dragged out to be condemned and die. Neither heart expected what the outcome of this encounter with Jesus would bring.
Through Jesus’ wisdom, the condemner became convicted and the condemned received forgiveness. Both could have been forgiven, but pride has a hard time seeing the need for it. When we know we’ve been caught because the sin is obvious, there is no way out but forgiveness. When we think we can cover the ugliness of our sin with good deeds or by pointing to others, we may not seek the forgiveness we need.
Jeremiah noted the deceitfulness of all our hearts (17:9). We all need forgiveness of sin, whether the sins are obvious or hidden. Jesus took our sin—past, present, and future—on Himself at the cross. Will you seek His forgiveness and be free in Christ today?
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)