No Honor Among Thieves (1 John 1:8-10)

There’s no honor among thieves… except for us of course.

Saul Goodman speaking to Walter White in “Breaking Bad”


A thief is a crook and a liar, therefore making it difficult for anyone to trust them, much less another thief. Indeed, there are numerous examples of thieves double-crossing and betraying each other for their own selfish gains. The quotation above was taken from, “Breaking Bad”, one of the original television series that began the binge-watching craze on the internet. The irony is this series revolved around the main character, Walter White, betraying nearly everyone, including his own family. The aphorism that there is no honor among thieves is very real. Yet, a thief may be the last person to admit this truism. Why?


There is no honor among thieves because they are sinners. The stark reality is we are all sinners and this may be a bitter pill to digest. We may convince ourselves that our actions are not as egregiously bad as a thief, but all sin is an affront to God.


If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1 John 1:8-10 (ESV)


The most difficult step in accepting Jesus Christ is to acknowledge that we are all sinners, hopelessly lost and totally unable, by our own efforts, to rid ourselves of our sins. There is no honor among thieves because there is no honor among sinners. Our only hope is to confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. If we do, He will forgive us and cleanse us of all our sins.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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