David spends significant time and energy in Psalm 32 discussing forgiveness. He walks us through the process he experienced as we all know of his sin with Bathsheba and many of us still talk about it to this day. For most, we haven’t walked the road of adultery, but we have our own junk to reckon with. If we aren’t careful, we may even convince ourselves that our sin isn’t as bad as our neighbors or our sin isn’t as bad as David’s. But truly Jesus says,
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28
Jesus presents sin in a whole new way as He describes sin as a disease of the heart. If we aren’t careful, we can justify the actions of the heart by performing good deeds on the outside. We may not actually commit the physical act of adultery, but we could have lust living secretly in the heart. Like any sin, we may pretend all is well on the outside and yet be filled with jealousy, anger, hate, bitterness, etc.. growing on the inside.
Jesus was more concerned with the heart, and this is where deception often lives. This is where sin lives, and we can keep convincing ourselves we are not sinning. The Pharisees were remarkable about living their life clean on the outside for all to see but on the inside, they were filled with dead man’s bones. Before deception grows in your heart, allow God to answer this question. Is sin increasing and is it time to come clean.