DAY 7: A simple truth touched me in our reading today. “Yet in spite of all this you say, ‘I am innocent; he (God) is not angry with me.’ But I will pass judgement on you because you say, ‘I have not sinned'” (Jer 2:35).
Why is it so difficult for us to admit wrong? Why are we quick to be defensive, especially when challenged or accused?
In relationships, we know very well that saying “I am sorry” can quiet almost any storm. But saying it—sincerely—can be so difficult. Even before God, we tend to ask for forgiveness with empty words but not genuine repentance.
Elsewhere the prophet Jeremiah states the same accusation in an interesting way: “They do not even know how to blush” (Jer 6:15).
Would God accuse me of being self-righteous? Am I able to blush? <:)