Our mind is like a computer. Everything right or wrong is stored in our brain. It even stores our conscience. Whatever you have done wrong, your conscience will keep on reminding you of the sin/s that you committed.
The more faithful you are to Jesus, the greater pain you will feel in your heart when you do wrong. Often, when we first get saved, we have a passion for Jesus. We minister to other people about the Lord and we ask God to guide us in his direction. However, we all have a sin inside of our lives that causes us to slip and fall at times. We often feel powerless against it.
Satan knows how to put temptation in front of you and try to get you to fall. It is during these times that we need Jesus the most.
If you feel ashamed of what you have done in your past, you are not alone. Every Christian believer will reach a point in their lives and wonder why they committed sinful acts after being saved. It is often hard to imagine yourself sinning after you promised the Lord that you were through with sin and now wanting to follow him.
You may have received Jesus Christ as you savior at the age of 12 and then as an adult, you began following the lusts of your flesh. Perhaps you hungered for money and power. You decided that you wanted to get large sums of money and started to rob people and sell drugs. Each time that you committed the sinful act, you felt ashamed, guilty and angry at yourself. However, each time you got exactly what you wanted from your wicked deeds and kept on doing it.
Now in your 40’s, you feel ashamed at what you had done because you repented of your sins. This happens all to often. Many times, you will see great men of God fall. Great televangelists like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart feel into sin in the eyes of the public. A person may ask, “How could they have fallen into sin when they knew Jesus and know right from wrong?” Honestly, the flesh often falls weak and its during these times that we are most vulnerable to sin.
The reason why we fall is because we are dealing with an emotion that won’t leave us alone. What we lust after tends to hound us day and night. Satan uses his influences to work against us. Satan tries to trap us and throw temptations at us that are too much to withstand. Only through trial and error can we fight off these temptations for the next time. The good news is that Jesus is quick to forgive.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we have a one-shot deal with forgiveness. It doesn’t mean that Jesus will only forgive us the first time out. Being a Christian means that Jesus will forgive us every time that we sin. You cannot earn God’s forgiveness. The Holy Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins. It’s his blood that forgives your sins.
What If You Are Living in Sin?
If you choose to live in sin, your relationship with God is going to be put on hold. This means that you are not able to pray or read the Bible. You will feel guilty and condemned every single time that you look at God’s word because you will know that you are living in sin. There is a big difference with living in sin and committing a sin. Let’s get into the difference.
Let us say that you are a man that wakes up every day with the idea in mind that you want to sneak out of the house at night and visit a prostitute as your wife sleeps. You are ashamed of what you are doing and know that your wife would most likely file for divorce if she found out. Worse yet, you know that Jesus is not happy with your actions. However, despite this, you keep on sneaking out of the house even knowing this information. Eventually, this sin becomes a habit and you begin to get into the habit of thinking that I can just tell Jesus I am sorry for what I have done and yet keep on doing the same wrong thing.
Eventually, you become comfortable in this sin. You keep on saying to Jesus, “I am sorry for what I have done and won’t do it anymore.” However, your mind is also thinking that you will do it again because its to hard to stop. You are in a state of a reprobate mind and in a state of disrespecting God, your wife and your faith. This will eventually destroy the soul of the person that is committing these types of acts.
If this sounds like you, its time to repent. Get rid of the shame and ask Jesus for forgiveness. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down and read the Bible again without having to feel guilty about sinning against your wife? You can feel free by just fighting against your fleshly desires and instead following God’s word.
Will You Live with Guilt for the Rest of Your Life?
Once you have repented of your sin, you will often be reminded of what you have done wrong. The more wrong that you do, the greater shame that you will feel. It’s hard to look back on your life and realize that you disappointed God and didn’t do right. However, know that once you repent, God becomes pleased with you.
Satan wants to be a constant reminder to us that we are guilty. He is the accuser and will keep on telling God that we deserve to be sent into hell for our sins. However, its through Jesus Christ that we are saved and stay out of the fires of hell.
If you feel shame for what you have done, known that you must repent. Even if you have been a Christian for years and have fallen into sin, you must repent and tell God that you are sorry for what you have done.
Your flesh is a battle against you trying to follow Christ. It will always throw temptation at you and sometimes make you feel like its to overwhelming to change. However, you can do it. It’s important for you to repent because when you are following God’s word, you get to grow closer to him. If you don’t repent, you can’t grow closer to God. Your shame and guilt will make you see that God is not pleased at what you are doing.
What Is Sin?
Sin is a kind of thought, desire, decision, attraction, action, or inaction contrary to the Divine moral law, God’s commandments, religious and ritual standards.
Original sin is spoilage of human nature, both in soul and in body, morally manifested in the fact that all the descendants of the sinning ancestors (except for the Lord Jesus Christ) are born with a tendency to evil.
Sin is the cause of the perversion of human nature due to the falling away of man from God, his falling into an unnatural state. On the other hand, sin is also considered as a consequence of the perversion of human nature (damaged by the fall of the ancestors). Sin is lawlessness as a violation of the norms (law, order) of human existence, defined by God.
Sin is a voluntary departure from what is in agreement with nature, into what is unnatural. It is a deviation from the goal assigned to man by nature. The word sin is a translation of the Greek word, which means: miss the mark. Sin is such a manifestation of human capabilities that do not meet the purpose of human existence, which contradicts the destiny of man, as created in the image and likeness of God.
A man created in the image and likeness of God, endowed with a rational soul, it is natural to seek the Purpose, Cause and Source of one’s existence – to seek God-knowledge and communion with God, strive for union with God. Only after gaining oneness with the highest Divine being – eternal, unlimited and unconditional, does one receive the highest pleasure and bliss. It is unnatural for a person to aspire to something created, lower, and sensual as to the eternal God, unnaturally put in place of the eternal, unchanging, infinite, unlimited Divine being limited, created, transient.
At the same time, man is endowed by God with free will, so he can strive for unity with God voluntarily, or he may prefer life in God to live without God. In the latter case, he selfishly closes himself in his nature, proudly separates himself from God. Man sinned by transferring the center of his life and activity from God to himself. Falling into sin, a man died for God and began to live his nature. So sin manifests itself as lawlessness, as a violation of the norm of human existence, as a perversion of the natural order of human life.
Falling into sin is called the Fall. The ancestors of mankind were the first to fall. A person living according to the law of sin is called a decrepit person. The sinful skills enshrined in a person are called passions.
Sin brings with it three illusions: the illusion of freedom, the illusion of knowledge, and the illusion of pleasure. It seems to the sinner that he is not constrained by the rules, but he does not see that he has become a slave to sin, who enslaved his soul.
“We want to get to know each other better,” say the fornicators, and having learned they become uninteresting to each other since only lust was their real goal. Satisfaction from sin is the bait of the devil, it makes you repeat and deepen the fall, like a drug addict who is forced to increase the dose.
The Severity of Sin
Probably many people have thought that every sin poses a danger to salvation and are there morally neutral, harmless sins?
Any sin is a crime against God, including even a seemingly small and insignificant one. Many sins seem small in the eyes of sinners only because they have long become familiar to the overwhelming mass of people and do not seem out of the ordinary.
In this regard, the sinner, instead of deep and sincere repentance before God, often resorts to self-justification: why am I worse than others? – I’m not alone in doing this. The history of the Old Testament shows many examples when certain types of sins were only not considered sins but also shown as virtues for entire tribes and nations.
Meanwhile, for saints, even those sins that were interpreted by sinners as insignificant, if they were committed, presented a serious reason for penitential sorrow and long tearful prayers. This is because the saints contemplated much sharper and deeper of their inconsistency with the pattern that the Lord Jesus Christ left for edification.
Another reason for this perception of sin is that for some people the essence of sin mainly comes down to the concept of guilt before God. Hence the conviction: if the guilt is not great, then the potential punishment for it is not great. Given the Divine mercy, God’s love, it can even be minimized or canceled.
In reality, sin, even “minor”, is an obstacle to communication with God. When committing sins, a person personally isolates himself from the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Moreover, every sin, including one that seems insignificant, is imprinted in the soul like rust on iron, and a sin committed with regularity or, worse, with constancy, leads to the formation of bad skills and habits, to the formation of sinful passions and vices. The more a person sins, the more he disfigures the features of the image of God and drowns out the moral feeling.
The danger of the so-called “minor sins” lies in the fact that being small, until a certain point. They do not pay proper attention to themselves, and when they manage to take root and develop in the soul or body, it becomes extremely difficult to fight them. An example is the passion of gluttony or drunkenness. A single overeating, as well as one extra glass of alcohol, does not create the impression of sin. The danger becomes apparent when these desires declare themselves to be an established tendency.
What is a Mortal Sin?
Mortals, in the first place, are those sins that lead a person to spiritual death, to eternal perdition. If sin, however severe it may be, is corrected by sincere repentance and the further transformation of life in the way of Christ’s life, it will not cause eternal perdition.
Mortal sin – a sin leading to the destruction of the soul, preventing the realization of God’s plan for man as a potential heir to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus Christ indicated the “mortal” (unforgivable) sin of the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. This sin is understood as a completely conscious and fierce opposition of a person to the truth – as a result of the emergence of a living feeling of hostility and hatred of God. In this state, a person, as a morally free being, is psychologically inaccessible to the action of saving grace.
Any sin that enslaved a person’s will is fatal. There is no “legislative” list of mortal sins. In this sense, the list of mortal sins is very large, based on the tendency of a particular person to a particular sin.
Why Do People Sin?
Because they don’t know what to do and what to avoid. Some of them know but forget or because of laziness. People are very lazy about piety and very often forget about their duty to serve God. From laziness and oblivion, they reach extreme foolishness or ignorance. These are the three giants – laziness, oblivion, and ignorance – from which the whole human race is bound by unbreakable bonds.
Why Do People In The Church Also Sin?
Because the Church is a spiritual hospital. And people sin in it for the same reason that people get sick in a regular hospital. The Church is not only a meeting of the righteous but also a crowd of repentant sinners. Not every spiritual illness can be cured immediately. But in the Church, those who sin, hate their sin, mourn it, and strive to get rid of it, while outside the Church this same sin can constitute the main purpose and meaning of life for a person.
What is Repentance?
Repentance (from the Greek & alpha; (metanoia) – a change of consciousness, rethinking, insight) is a deep repentance, contrition of sins, characterized by sadness and sorrow caused by remorse, but most importantly, a living sensation of separation from God. Repentance is accompanied by a strong desire for purification, the transfiguration of life, hope, and hope in the Lord. In a broad sense, repentance means a fundamental change in life, from arbitrarily sinful, selfish, and self-sufficient to living according to the commandments of God, in love, and striving for God.
This is a sacrament of the Church, in which, according to the sincere confession of sins in the face of the priest, the sinner, by the mercy of God, is freed from sinful impurity by the power of Divine grace. In other words, this is a change in the inner and outer life of man, consisting of the decisive rejection of sin and the desire to lead a life in harmony with the omnipotent will of God.
Repentance begins with a change in the human mind, a distance from sin, and the desire to unite with God. A change of mind is followed by a change of heart, to which God makes it possible to know His gracious love and holiness. The knowledge of the love and holiness of God empowers man not to repeat sin and to oppose his actions. At the same time, the gracious tasting of Divine love and holiness requires a considerable feat from a person to keep it in his soul. In this feat, God experiences the free intention of the man to reject sin and abide with Him forever.
Following the divine commandments is met with the resistance of a fallen human nature, which is why repentance is inextricably linked with the willpower in moving from sin to God. In asceticism, a sincere desire to overcome sin is required from a person, and grace is given from God to overcome it. The penitential feat is the work of a person’s whole life since a person should strive all his life to unite with God and free himself from sin.
Why God Saved Us?
The Old and New Testaments describe the history of the relationship between God and man, or rather, God’s plan for the salvation of man. What God conceived in the time of Abraham (or even immediately after the fall of man, or even before his creation – after all, God is omniscient) – was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. What God promised Abraham, he fulfilled in Jesus. Therefore, it is not necessary to consider the time “before” and “after” the incarnation of the Son of God as two fundamentally different eras about the whole world.
Salvation is a very strong word meaning such help, without which it is simply impossible to survive. When we say “salvation” – this does not mean to get rid of a cold. Salvation is like surviving a shipwreck on the high seas. When we apply the word “salvation” to our faith, we thereby say that God through Jesus saved our lives. He saved us first of all from death.
How Did Jesus Save Us?
Jesus perceiving our nature, that is, becoming fully human, is the same as we are, that is, with all the consequences of the fall. As we know, Jesus died on the Cross and was resurrected for us and our salvation. God’s gift of salvation is completely free and not intrusive. Christ did not correct human nature automatically damaged by sin in all people. He did it in Himself. His flesh, raised from the dead, is the beginning of a “new creation,” that is, the beginning of that future quality of life in which death is defeated and no longer owns people. We cannot change our nature until we die and resurrect ourselves, however now we can take into ourselves the “pledge” of the future resurrection.
We sin against God, against our neighbor, and ourselves. Sin by deeds, words, and even thoughts. After all, no person lives on the earth and does not sin at least once, but there is no such sin that God does not forgive when we repent. For the salvation of sinners, God became man, was crucified and rose from the dead.
Why Should You Never despair?
Jesus Christ was crucified, as we know from the Gospel, amid two robbers. One of them reproached Him and said: “If You are Christ, save Yourself and us.” Another robber interrupted the speech of his comrade, saying that we were condemned fairly, because we did unworthy deeds in our lives, and Jesus did nothing wrong. Then Jesus promised him that he would certainly be with him in paradise for his repentance was sincere.
This is how the Gospel tells of a deeply edifying and touching event, about the pardon of Christ by the robber who hung on the cross next to Him. Full repentance of their crimes, deep humility, firm faith in the crucified Lord, and confession of Him when the whole world rejected Him – that’s why the “key” was created that opened a door for him to the Paradise.
Many of us are hoping for the example of a prudent robber. But are we capable of his feat? Will we then be able to instantly be morally reborn and spiritually exalted like a former robber.
The Lord had mercy on the robber in the last moment so that no one would despair. But do not postpone your repentance so that your sins do not go with you to another life and burden you forever.
The prudence of the repentant thief will be an example of decisive repentance. We must take care of our complete inner correction, betraying ourselves wholly to the will of God and asking Christ for His mercy and grace.
Do You Feel That You Have Disappointed God?
If you love God, you will feel shame when you sin. It is because you know that you have disappointed him. It is important to understand that God does forgive you for the sins that you have committed. It is important to note that we often do not want to accept God’s forgiveness because we feel that we deserve to be punished for what we have done.
However, even if you have paid for your sins through imprisonment or public humility, the shame will be there. When we commit sin, our conscience bothers us. We are often the hardest on ourselves. We somehow want to make ourselves pay for the mistakes that we have made. No matter what punishment on earth comes to us, we want to believe that we deserve more ridicule for our actions.
Sin is something that bothers us on many different levels.
What If Someone Finds Out About My Past?
It is hard for any Christian believer to imagine someone finding out something bad about their past. There is a myth in the world today that Christians are never supposed to sin again once they receive Jesus as their personal Lord and savior.
However, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, Christians are called to not sin and to fight against the temptations of the devil that come to you regularly. However, this does not mean that you will never again have a fall or struggle with sin in your life.
When you become born again, you give yourself to Jesus Christ and repent of sin. This is an act that is hard to do since you must deny yourself and come to Jesus Christ. Denying yourself means that you cannot accept anything that the Bible speaks against.
For instance, if you came to Jesus as a person that struggles with homosexual temptation, you know how hard the struggle is going to be to deny that part of yourself. However, when you read passages in the New Testament about this topic, you know that you must not commit sinful acts because it will not please God.
There will be times when you will feel like you cannot resist this temptation anymore and you may have a fall. A fall may be something like you want to sleep with someone of the same gender and you cannot resist the temptation. Perhaps you are lonely or feel horny. Perhaps it is a combination of the two. Satan will often come in and tempt you where he knows that you will fall the greatest.
It is in these moments that you will learn how to grow closer to God. If you fall, its important to repent of your sin and get back up on your feet again. If you find that you are living in sin, you are not living a life that is pleasing to the Lord.
Instead of feeling ashamed for the sins that you have committed in your past, look at the bright side of how Jesus carried you through your temptations or sinful lifestyle. He will give you the strength to resist your temptations. It will not be easy. However, Jesus will show you that he can offer you a better way of life.
Worldly people will never forget about your past. Often, you may have done something 10 years again and have moved on from your past. However, someone may remind you of something that you did or perhaps will want you to pay for that sin.
Let us say that you were a drug dealer 15 years ago. You are now a pastor and yet never told anyone about that. You may be living in fear now hoping that nobody will ever find out. This kind of fear will make you feel ashamed and like you still owe the world something.
It is important to know that Jesus has forgive you if you have repented of your sin. The world can do whatever they want to you physical, but they cannot take away your salvation or the fact that Jesus has forgiven you.
Sometimes in life, you will not be able to resist temptation. No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot stop falling into sin. If this was or is you now, its important to always ask God for strength. Ask Jesus to give you the will to repent of sin and not ever go back to it again. Never give up trying to do what is right. Always ask the Lord to show you his way and to give you inner peace.
What Happens When a Christian Believer Cannot Withstand Their Temptations Anymore?
For many Christians, living for Jesus a lot harder because of the temptations that they are dealing with. Today, we are seeing an uprising of men and women giving into homosexual temptations. Most gay men and women say that they would rather be dead then to keep on fighting their homosexual desires and temptations.
Many times, Christian believers will give into their homosexual desires because they feel that they wake up with the same temptations and loneliness that they face every single day when it comes to their homosexuality.
However, when they read passages in the Holy Bible, they know that acting out on their homosexuality is not pleasing to Jesus Christ. How can they fight this war within themselves? The easiest way to do this is to simply never give into the temptation again. It is going to be a choice. You cannot be lukewarm. You must either choose to follow Jesus or your own hearts desires.
Many gay men and women spend years of living in a gay lifestyle before fully repenting and turning to Jesus. Sometimes, a gay man or woman must reach rock bottom before repenting. Repentance means that you are going to feel lonely and perhaps feel that you can never have desires for the opposite sex. This is often a fear. However, it is important to only look at Jesus and tell him that you have read the Holy Bible and want to do things his way. Living for Jesus is a choice. In our modern-day culture, most people want to live for themselves and not listen to what the Holy Bible says.
Repentance is the only way to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you do not repent of your sin, you will never feel like God accepts you as you are. Many gay men and women will often tell people that God accepts me for who I am and loves me. However, if you ever get into a deeper conversation with them alone, they will almost always tell you that they know that something is wrong with being gay, but they cannot change. They have tried and finally accepted that God must want them to be gay if they cannot change.
It is important to know that this is not biblical. No where in the Bible does it say that a person can live in sin and have it been acceptable to God. This is a lie of the devil and Satan often wants to make you feel powerless against your sin.
Drug and alcohol addiction work the same way. Perhaps you or someone that you know of has struggled with addiction. You cannot stop running back to your drugs or choice. You simply feel that you cannot relax without it. It is hard for you to live life without your drug. However, you also know that when you read the New Testament, it tells you that drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God. Like homosexuality, you must deny this part of you that seems so powerless to fight. You need to fight against that which is trying to destroy you. This s the only way to have inner peace.
You will never have complete inner peace until you have walked away from your sin. There is only one way to do it. It is fully staying away from your sin and NEVER returning to it. Do not ever say to yourself that you can fall again because Jesus will keep on forgiving you. If you have an attitude like that, then you will never fully repent and turn to Jesus. It is important to ask Jesus for strength to do this. It is important to believe that if the Holy Bible says no to practicing out your sin, it is for a reason. It is important for you to ask God for help when you feel like your temptations are to much for you to handle.
May your strength always come from the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit dwell within you and give you complete peace. He is waiting for you to repent and to repent and to do what is right. If you need prayer, ask Christians to pray for you. I am talking about true Christians that are not going to encourage you to live in your sin. Talk to Christians that want to help you to overcome the sins that are keeping you trapped.