At the Amazed in His Presence blog we read in a short piece:
Do you really know your spouse? No, you don’t. Do you really know your parents, your siblings, your best friend, your pastor, or even yourself? No, you do not. Our ignorance of another’s heart is what allows us to be shocked or dismayed at something they do that seems so out of character. Ask Francis Swaggart or Elizabeth Edwards or Larry Craig’s wife if they at one time thought they knew their husbands. And we are no different. The Holy Spirit writing through the prophet Jeremiah said it well, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (17:9).
It’s only through God’s law and the revealing light of Scripture that we can know how truly wicked we are deep down. We are totally depraved. Our sin nature, which we inherited from Adam, affects every thought and every action. From birth, our thoughts are only evil continuously. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5, NASB). Scripture tells us it actually gets worse. Take this exhaustive lambaste of the human condition by the Apostle Paul in Romans 3:
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Romans 3:10-18, NASB)
That folks, is what you are like without the Grace of God. No goodness, nothing sweet or worthwhile, nothing but wickedness and dead men’s bones. Even your righteous deeds are tainted by sin, making them offensive in God’s eyes (Isaiah 64:6). Your only hope is the Grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
I further submit to you part of a solid sermon delivered by Paul Washer. Feel free to watch and comment.