The video below humorously illustrates a biblical principle about our hidden faults. Indeed, we all have sins and behaviors that are obvious to others but of which we are unaware. In addition, we have even deeper faults of which no one is aware except God Himself, who sees our innermost heart. Consider some of the following passages from Scripture:
- By [your ordinances] your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can discern his errors? From my hidden faults acquit me, O Lord. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me (Psalm 19:11-13).
- You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence (Psalm 90:8).
- For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil (Eccl 12:14).
- Mind you, I have nothing on my conscience, but I do not stand thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Cor 4:4).
- The sins of some men are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear only later (1 Tim 5:24).
- Call no man happy before he dies, for by how he ends, a man is known (Sirach 11:28).
Although some of our sins are obvious to us and we should rightly work to correct them, lest we sin through pride we ought always to recall that we also have sins and faults that are hidden from us. Others may see them or perhaps they are only known to God.
At the end of the day we’re all going to need a lot of grace and mercy!
Enjoy this commercial that illustrates this well, and enjoy a little humor during this otherwise difficult time of Church introspection.