Our Lenten exercise this year is to put off those things that keep us from Holiness and one of the greatest practices of our hearts is the art of deceit. You and I can so easily convince ourselves of our righteousness, justifying every one of our actions and thoughts and saying that God understands, that he overlooks our subtle sinfulness since he has clothed us in His grace. We refuse to call on the Holy Spirit to convict us of our God-dishonoring behaviors and so further deceive ourselves. As we see in the story of Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing, deceit that we might think minor can have long term consequences.
One of the first steps in growing in a life of holiness is to restore the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The internal dialog that He will hold with us will remind us, gently or not, of our misguided thoughts and deeds and give us the opportunity to shift our course back toward the light. All we have to do is listen.