When you sin… what do you do? From my own heart I have assembled a list of ways I tend to deal with my sin instead of dealing with sin God’s way.
1. When we are confronted with our sin we usually deny it. Hide it cover it.
2. We tend to excuse it. We rationalize and “reason” out way out of it.
3. We try to minimize it Call it “really stupid” confess only what is easily forgivable.
4. We partially confess.
5. We blame others and don’t take responsibility for it. Eve blamed the serpent. Adam blamed his wife.
6. We feel remorse for it but don’t forsake it and hate it. (Why did God forgive David but not Esau?) (Hebrews 12:17; 2 Cor. 7:10) Grief over consequences vs. grief over broken relationship) (Psalm 51 “against thee and thee only have I sinned and done evil in Thy sight”
7. Admit it but continue in it. Delay…
What is the right response when we are confronted with the reality of our own sin? REPENT. It was the first command of Jesus. It was the first message of John the Baptist. It is the entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven. There are models of penitent prayers in the Psalms. (Psa. 6; Psa. 25; Psa. 32)