What To Do When You Fall…
No, not in love. This post is about when we fall for sin. I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago about a familiar feeling. What to do after falling into sin. Aren’t we all familiar with the feeling of falling into that same old sin and then all of a sudden we feel guilty and helpless and condemned? Here are two things that are easy to remember, that I believe would help us, men a lot, to know what to do after we “fall”.
The first thing we need to do is to repent.
repent- (verb) to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed tochange one’s life for the better; (dictionary.com)
Know the sin and (sorrowfully) admit it before God and before the people involved. No excuses. Do not admit only because you were caught and do not admit only to lessen the consequences- because most of the time you do not have control over them anyway. Admit because you know that you have done something that would hurt God and others. True repentance brings about a genuine change- because true repentance comes from the heart. Fake repentance is simply driven by logic- so that you may perhaps escape greater consequences or so people will not look at you negatively. You want real change? Then, take repentance seriously. The price of that sin wasn’t cheap- it was paid for. By His blood.
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 2 Cor 10, NLT
The next thing is one of the most hardest thing to do. Be accountable to somebody. Somebody you trust, somebody who cares to help you make it right with God. Being accountable means confessing your mistake to that person. You see, sin is somewhat like moss, it loves dark places. In fact if you want to inhibit moss growth, you must increase the sunlight in that area. Being accountable exposes the sin and inhibits its growth.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16, NLT
All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. John 3:20-21, NLT
It takes real courage, humility and sincerity to do these 2 things, but I believe that if real Christian men commit themselves in this habit of repentance and accountability then the enemy will have a real hard time putting us down. We ought to fight sin aggressively and help each other bring revival to manhood the way God designed it to be.
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17, NLT