Living by Grace

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I Have Sinned! Now What Do I Do?

Then David … said, “Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly … 2 Samuel 24:17

From Pharaoh to Judas Iscariot the Scriptures record the confessions of those crying out, “I have sinned.” All believers know that cry—for we all sin. Then what should we do?

First, we should recognize that while we are still God’s children, we have broken fellowship with Him. What can we do about that?

First John 1:9 is our “go to” verse. It reads:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Often, when we sin, we cry out in our spirits, “I have sinned.” We cry out because we have grieved the Holy Spirit and His grief pours over into our spirits.

When we confess our sins, we are forgiven of our sins. God takes them away removing the barrier to fellowship with Him.

Yet, God has forgiven many believers of their sins who have not experienced the forgiveness. How could that happen?

We experience forgiveness when we believe we are forgiven.

Our experience of forgiveness is often followed with the thought, “I know I will commit this sin again.” What can we do about that?

God commands that we believe we do not have to sin.

… reckon (believe) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:11

Obeying this verse is not promising God you will not sin. It is an expression of your faith that when you received Jesus as Lord and Savior, you died to sin and came alive to God.  

We experience our death to sin and our spiritual resurrection when we choose not to sin and believe we are dead to sin and alive to God.