It has been said. You can fool some of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the people all of the time. But of all of the people, don’t fool yourself.
1Jo 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Co 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
To see things as they really are, is truly an art. Few there are that can properly appraise things objectively. We see things through the eyes of various prejudices, preferences and presuppositions. We set the standards of acceptance and tolerance. Our perspective is often based on half truths or even untruths in some cases. Because of this, we are often self deceived.
Failure to acknowledge the truth about ourselves is another way we deceive ourselves. It does not matter if that failure is because of misinformation or because of stubborn refusal to accept the truth about ourselves, the outcome is the same. Unless and until we come to acknowledge (not just admit) the truth about ourselves we will remain with only a partial view of reality.
Another way that we can be self deceived is when we have an inflated view of ourselves. We call it “prideful”, “a superiority complex” or even “arrogant”. Regardless of what we call it, it remains a false and incomplete assessment of the truth. Based upon the above scripture, we must accept the truth that we have a sin problem and humble ourselves before the Lord so that He can make us more than we presently are. It is vital that we have a proper assessment of our condition in order for us to properly respond to the world, ourselves and the Lord.