Let’s face it, we all love to take a ride on a sin wagon. I does little for us. When we get hit with sin a few responses comes up. We're numb, we’re destroyed, we ‘fess ‘em as we ‘mess ‘em. When we look at the truth of Jesus dying once for all sin, this doesn’t give us license to not care, nor does it give us a guilt ridden crushing blow. It frees us to call sin sin and pursue holiness. Here’s how:
'fess ‘em as you ‘mess ‘em
A preacher in college said that. His point, keep short sin accounts. If you mess up, then hop on over to 1 John 1:9 and confess your sin! Why? Because Jesus is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you! There is no sin so great that it can keep you from God. When we mess up, the Gospel tells us to run to, not away from God. We don’t need to hide because God WILL forgive us because of Jesus.
Do what’s right
Ephesians 4:28 gives us the replacement principle. Do not merely stop the sin, but do what the Bible teaches us to do. In this verse the sin issue was stealing. Stopping the stealing is not the goal. The goal is able to give to others in their time in need. To pursue holiness the person stealing is called to work hard so that instead of being a selfish person, he can be a generous person. As you confess you sin, look on the other side of what you should be doing. Take action towards the right thing to do.
What I find amazing is there seems to be no end to God’s grace and forgiveness. This doesn’t mean we can go on sinning that grace may abound. It means that Jesus truly died for ALL sin. Look, we wont be perfect until we see Jesus face to face. For some sin areas, you may struggle with them until you see him face to face. If you struggle, that’s ok. Keep up the good fight and don’t quit. Why? Because in the end we win!
A new hope
In our sin struggles we must remember a central truth: This is not our home. We look forward to a better home, a home made by Jesus. In the meantime, we fight the good fight because we are worthy of that home. Jesus is not done with us, and while we fall, Jesus is able to get us back up. Remember, the calling out of sin in the Bible is not about a 2x4, but a call to repent and run back to Jesus.