“How do you protect yourself from secret sins?“Anonymous
The first thing we have to realize is that the idea of secret sins is self-deceptive. Why? Because it’s not a secret from the Ultimate Judge. You might be able to keep your sins secret from other people. You might be able to deceive yourself, but God sees it, (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14; Psalm 139; Hebrews 4:12–13; Matthew 12:36–37; Hebrews 3:13).
If you are trying to prevent self-deception however, there are lots of proactive things so you can do.
- Make the choice to let God change your internal dictionary, so that your definitions will always come into agreement with God’s definitions on every issue, (Romans 12:1–2; Isaiah 5:20–24; John 17:17). For example, we know that God is love (1 John 4: 7–8). Since God IS love, that also means that something cannot be genuinely loving, unless it agrees with God first.
- Develop a practice, a habit, and a lifestyle of repentance. That is the biggest cure what’s self-deception. Blog – Discipleship Success
- Practice doing the Scriptures, so that you do not deceive yourself (James 1:19–27).
- When you realize that you have thought, said, or done something that God says is wrong, admit it to yourself immediately, and confess it to God right away, don’t wait, (1 John 1:6–9).