There is a local legend about a fellow who, many years ago, was amazingly meticulous about keeping weeds out of his garden. As the story goes, he would hoe his garden early every morning and then offer boys in the neighborhood 50 cents—a nice bit of spending money back then—if they could find a single weed in his garden. That’s confidence!
Weeds have sometimes been used to illustrate the sin in our lives. We have been called to live holy lives. Therefore we need to do our best to get rid of any words or actions that are unholy. However, the only way we can be confident that no sin will be found to condemn us is if we trust the blood of Jesus to take it away.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:8-9.