The Aftermath of Sin
The aftermath of sin is brutal. Guilt, shame, and anger with ourselves can overwhelm. How do we recover? And what can we do to prevent it from happening again?
Day One: Hating Sin
Romans 12:9 says, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." These actions are two sides of the same coin, and they are mutually dependent. Our grip on the good will be tenuous indeed if we don't learn to hate the evil...
Day Two: God's Forgiveness
Insert whatever sins you have committed into the ______. Yes, God can and will forgive any sin. The doctrine of atonement is what explains salvation and forgiveness of sin. God imputed Christ's righteousness to those who humbly ask for forgiveness of sin...
Day Three: Accountability
There much temptation already in the world today, and Satan is working overtime to create even more. In the face of such temptation, many Christians seek out an "accountability partner" to pray with and help share the burdens that come with doing spiritual warfare...
For more, see: "The Grace of Church Discipline"
Day Four: Sin and Baptism
The question of whether a person who has sinned should be baptized again is a fairly common one. First, it is important that we understand what baptism is. Baptism does not save us or wash away our sins. Baptism is simply an illustration of what has occurred in a believer's life when he/she believes in Jesus Christ...
For more, see: "If we sin, do we lose our salvation?"
Day Five: Confession
We know we are to confess our sins to God, but many Christians wonder whether we need to confess to those we have sinned against. Do we need to tell the person we've sinned against that we're sorry? "Walking in the light" (1 John 1:7) means that we are living in obedience to God's commandments...
For more, see: "Full Disclosure: The Gift of Confessing our Sins"
Day Six: Guilt from the Past
Everyone has sinned, and one of the results of sin is guilt. We can be thankful for guilty feelings because they drive us to seek forgiveness. The moment a person turns from sin to Jesus Christ in faith, his sin is forgiven...
For more, see: "Spiritual Maturity and Past Shames"
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