1 John 1:8-10
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.…
If you have done wrong, don't go days and weeks under conviction of sin. Suppose that I had lied to my partner in business. Suppose he were to charge it upon me, and I were to try to evade the matter, and were to oblige him to chase me through a whole week, until at last he cornered me so closely that, seeing escape to be impossible, I gave in, and said, "Well, I have lied, and I am sorry," just because I could not help yielding. How mean a spirit should I thus show! How much better if, upon sudden press of temptation I had sinned, for me to stop at once when the lie was charged upon me, and say honestly, blushing with shame, "Yes, I am wrong, all wrong. I am sorry, and will do so no more." Why will not men, when they see their guilt and danger, face right about, and make short work with themselves?
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.