I don’t know how well to say this.
No true believer enjoys sin. They may struggle with sin, have a certain sin that entangles them but deep in their hearts they sincerely want to do what’s right. If a person loves to sin, it is either he is not genuinely saved or over time, he has stubbornly refused to yield himself to God.
I am a firm believer of God’s Grace. John 1:17 happens to be one of my favourite verses.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Grace empowers me not to sin. It teaches me to hate and abhor sin.
Do people who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour sin? Yes they do. Should they sin?No.
But then what happens when they find themselves entangled in one sin or the other? Many take the guilt trip. I’ll explain how this trip works in a moment.
When you hurt someone you really love, it is normal to feel bad about it. This is who we are by the very nature of our conscience. There are times I know I shouldn’t have said something to someone and even though I know they still love me, I feel terrible. That’s how many believers feel when they do something contrary to God’s command.
It is the desire to please God that causes us to cry out for help and to share our struggles with him because within, our hearts yearn for nothing more than to bear fruits of righteousness.
However, the guilt trip is a different thing entirely and many believers are stuck in this journey unaware that it leads them farther away from any form of solution. This is a bad and dangerous thing to do. Let me tell you something about this trip. I’ve been there and I can relate.
You messed up, I mean you did something that God’s word says you shouldn’t, let’s say you were involved in premarital sex or pornography which from statistics happens to be one of the greatest struggles of young adult believers. You cried, got drown in self-pity and agreed with the lies of the devil who loves to say things like, ‘ God hates you now.’ ‘You can never be free from this.’ ‘The christian life is impossible.’
Then some days or weeks later, when what is left is a blur of the incident, you tell yourself, ‘I’m never going to do it again.’ ‘I’ll live a holy life.’ ‘If he comes to my house, I’ll slam the door at him.’ You feel glad about your resolutions but a week passed and you are back into that sin. You cry and the devil returns armed with more words to weaken you.
It could also be that you did something terrible years ago and till now, you’ve not been able to move forward. Every time you remember that incident, you recoil and return to your shell. Whatever guilt is weighing your heart, I want to say that this is exactly where the devil wants to keep you.
He loves to take you on a journey that leads nowhere. He wants you to keep running away from your solution. He loves that you are drawing out of your own strength. He desires to push you farther from any form of help such that you are ashamed to relate with anyone, not even with God. He is the accuser of the brethren and if he can hold you down this way, he knows you’ll remain defeated for a long time.
But that’s not the covenant we signed up for. We are under a covenant where we can come to God’s throne and receive help for our struggles. Besides, willpower will never bring any tangible result. There is something far greater than willpower. It is God’s grace.
We have not come to a mount that cannot be touched as Hebrews 12:18 puts it. We are on Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the church of the first born. We have come to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant whose blood speaks better things than that of Abel.
We have received a kingdom that cannot be moved. A place where God wants to burn out those things that needs to be shaken- the entanglements, the struggle with sins, the addictions.
You see why running away from God when you sin is the worst thing to do? If you run, it is because you do not know these five things.
1. God loves you.
At the point when guilt weighs you down, remember this. God loves you. (It’s very hard, I know.) He hates that sin but his love for you knows no bound and that’s why he wants to open your eyes to what His Son has already done.
Have you moved far from him because of something you did that you believe would cause him to thrust his fist and kick you out of his presence? Do you feel so defeated that you have to trudge through life hopelessly? Men may taunt you but God is there anticipating and longing for you to run into His arms.
He wants to remind you that you have an advocate Jesus, who died and rose for you. He wants to assure you that this life of holiness is possible only through his Son Jesus, but as long as you keep trying to work things out yourself, you will keep failing.
2. God has provided all you need to live a life of holiness.
How do you see sin and how do you see God’s grace. For many years, sin looked so big and mighty that I believed it was greater than God’s grace until I came to a clear understanding of this scripture;
Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.
Before now, I thought this was just about having the grace to stay pure in a sinful world but I discovered from practical experiences in my life that this applies so much to our personal lives as it is externally. No matter how a particular sinful conduct entangles a believer, Grace abounds so much to get him out of it.
You must know that God’s grace is powerful enough to set you completely free. Romans 5:2 tells us that we have access into this grace only through faith. Therefore we can rejoice in the hope that God’s glory will be manifested in our lives.
Again, when Paul spoke about believers putting away besetting sins that entangled them, he ended his statement by asking believers faced with this issue to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of their faith.
Grace hung on that cross and defeated sin. Would you rather believe this than allow the devil mock your ignorance?
Everything you need to succeed in life as a christian is in one person.
There is nothing in the future that God wants to offer to make us stand firm. All that we need has already been provided for. Our part is to receive through the knowledge of Jesus. It is in Christ we live, we move and we have our being.
You cannot stay away from temptations or say No to sin if you do not renew your mind continually with the knowledge of God. The times I have found myself back in some of my old ways were the times I neglected my devotion and got carried away by internet and social media. If we are not careful, our phones will do more harm to us than good as far as our spiritual walk is concerned. Don’t wait until the temptation comes before spending time in God’s Word.
3. God wants to help you.
God wants to walk with you through this struggle. He wants to help you stand firm but he cannot do anything if you try to form ‘macho’ or sweep your issues under the carpet. Stop pretending to be strong and fine when you are not.
I had to come to a point in my life when I just stopped acting like the custodian of holiness and sought God on how to live this life of Christ. The truth is, I can come out and scream holiness and everybody applauds and commends my stand, but at the end, I am the one who will be left alone in the open square.
Be more concerned with personal transformation than outward show.
It was when I stopped pulling myself from God’s hands that I began to see God at work in my life. Let Him help you overcome that addiction. Give him the chance to heal your broken heart. You can’t do it by yourself.
If you are battling with guilt, meditate on this scripture and see God stretching out his hands to help you.
4. God will never leave you nor forsake you.
5. God walks by faith and not by sight.
I left the best for the last. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Whoever that comes to God must believe that he is and He rewards those who diligently seek you. Your victory over sin and this world lies in your faith in God. If you gat no trust, you gat nothing.
You may not have seen complete transformation in your conduct as you desire, but keep trusting God. If trusting God seems impossible, get into God’s word whether or not you feel like it. Keep reading and asking God to plant in you the faith you need. In no time you will find a lifting in your soul. I have experienced this several times.
Beloved, God is working in you. Your place is to give space to the Holy Spirit as he teaches you how to mortify your mortal body. He will guide you on how to live out this new creation life.
Will you stop allowing guilt ruin your fellowship with God? He knows what you have done already, doesn’t he?
We have a friend in Jesus.