Monday, 8 September 2014

Walking towards Jesus 11 – I sinned, now what?

 In the 9th post we talked about how to overcome sin and a reader left the following question:

“If the person sinned? What are the steps to her redemption? I see that when we make a mistake, when we sin the devil quickly works in our conscious. How can we overcome all of that? No matter what kind of sin it may have been. What are the correct steps to take so that we don’t fool ourselves and live in a “fake forgiveness” if such thing exists jeje.” Friend

After the person has sinned and realizes the mistake she’s made, guilt will follow and of course the consequences of her sin.
The steps to follow are: first recognize your sin and then true repentance. Notice that I wrote true, because it is not simply the feeling of guilt or remorse, its regret, having disgust for what you did, hating sin and never again committing that mistake.
Many people feel remorse and because of that some time goes by and they are committing the same sin, which means there was no repentance.

When there is repentance and humiliation before God, Gods forgiveness will come, however; the person will still suffer the consequences of her act, even after receiving Gods forgiveness.
Do you remember David? He sinned, he repented and humbled himself before God and was forgiven, but the consequences came, the baby that was fruit of the sin of adultery died and the sword never departed from his family.

Moreover if there was sincere repentance, and God forgave you, you have to forgive yourself as well and carry on. Not torturing yourself as punishment for what you did.  Now you need to face the consequences and carry on, strengthening yourself in God.

That is why you must think very carefully before allowing yourself to be lead by the temptations that will appear along the way, because even though there has been repentance and the forgiveness from God, the consequences will come.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)


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