1 John 1:8-10 (NLT)
8 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to
accept the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just
to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim we have not
sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our
hearts.

John is being straightforward in his writing. He says there is no way we can be
without sin and we are only lying to ourselves if that is what we believe.
John gives us two options: claim our sin and confess it; or lie and make God
the liar. If we confess our sin then God will cleanse us from every wrong we
have committed, but to call God the liar eliminates Him from our heart.

Have you ever been driving your car down the road and suddenly heard a strange
noise. My first thought is I hope that stops. I start to ignore I even hear the
noise. The noise might even quit for a while and I keep thinking it's "going
to go away". But, eventually the car breaks down and I have to take the car to
the shop. I was fooling myself and I had to accept the truth something was
broke. Sometimes we can fool ourselves in the same way about sin. We fool
ourselves into thinking what we are doing is not sin until we find ourselves
broken, hurt, damaged and in need of help. It's all because we have ignored
God's truth and turned it into a lie. Pray the word of God may shine as truth
in your heart. Let it illuminate the sins hidden there and confess them to God.
God so much wants to cleanse and heal you from each and every one that has hurt
you.