1 John 1:8-10
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.…
The trees and the fields are clothed new every year in the freshest and purest hues. In the spring all the colours are bright and clean. As the summer goes on the leaves get dark and grimy. Sometimes a shower of rain makes them a little fresher, but they are soon dirtier than ever again. They all fall in the winter: The tree cannot cleanse its own leaves, dirty with the city's smoke, but God in His own time cleanses it, and gives it an entirely new suit. The little rain cleansings, soon to be dirtied again, are the partial reformations which men make for themselves, saying: "I will stop this habit, or that other. I will be a better man" — yet not doing it in God's strength. The new white robe which God gives the trees is the robe of Christ's righteousness. The difference is that in the eternal kingdom our robe of Christ's righteousness will never be soiled, for there is none of the defilement of the earth.
Parallel VersesKJV: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.