It’s easy to call people out on sin until you find yourself committing one or doing something you never thought you will ever do.
As children of God, we are admonished to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12), and I understand why because the devil is very cunning and mischievous in applying different devices to try and lure us to sin. The goal, to distract you, redirect you from the true plans God has for you to one whose end is destruction and failure.
Now as much as we try so hard to “work out our salvation”, sometimes we find ourselves falling into sin. So many Christians struggle with one sin or the other in their secret places. We know that it is not by power nor by might, nor by the Holy Spirit: we know that sometimes, our spirit may be willing, but our flesh so so so weak.
The question now is, when you fall into sin, which becomes a huge burden in your heart, how do you overcome the guilt?
Here are tips that help:
- Acknowledge that you have sinned. Don’t be in denial. Acknowledge it, even in your prayers.
- Confess your sins to God. In some cases, you may need to confess to someone too. This is usually important if you wronged someone or someone got hurt by your actions.
- Ask for forgiveness. the same way you did in number 2 above, you will need to ask both God and anyone you may have hurt with your actions for forgiveness.
- Forgive yourself. I think this is the hardest part… at least for me. This is the real guilt we are talking about. Even when we know that God loves us and has cleansed us, by reason of our confessions and all, we find it very hard to forgive ourselves. This where the next step comes in.
- Pray for yourself. The bible says that through “prayer and supplications, make your requests known to God.” Pray for yourself, declaring and confessing God’s words concerning you as regarding confession and atonement for sins.
- Spend time to worship. Worship is making out time to worship God with songs and hymns. Spend time meditating and studying God’s word. Listen to messages, etc. This is a season in your life, and doing this will go a long way to heal you.
- Live in righteousness. Now there are loads of Christians who take the grace of God for granted and keep going back to the same sin habitually. I am certain that God is not happy about that as the bible says, “God cannot be mocked” You have to consciously reject that life. Separating yourself from people, situations, and circumstances that cause you to commit that particular sin may help you.
- Change your network. In a situation where you are surrounded by sinners, it is time to disassociate yourself from such people whether in church or outside. Make new friends who will have a positive influence on you.
- Thanksgiving. This is when you have gotten a note of victory in your spirit, certain that you are healed and that you have overcome that guilt. Rejoice in praise and thanksgiving.
Scriptures that will help.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1)
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12)
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17)
“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ ” says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ ” (Isaiah 1:18)
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12)
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.: (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. (Romas 5:17)
Personally, I have found myself in this place at several stages in my Christian Journey. Seasons that were not easy for me to look myself in the mirror knowing that I have sinned against the one who gave His Son for me. The season when it was hard to lift up holy hands. Seasons when I could only moan in prayer: when I couldn’t pray: when I didn’t feel worthy of His love: when I could only meditate, waiting for that note of victory in my spirit knowing I am healed completely from the guilt of sin.
I’ve been through this, and so I know what I am saying.
If you are going through this season in your life, I hope you find this post helpful.
Do you have any tips for overcoming the guilt of sin?
Thanks for stopping by.