James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
We don’t see ourselves as guilty; that’s such a condemning word! “I made a mistake” or “They made me do it” are statements we tell others to deflect the personal responsibility for our sinful behavior.
We tend to justify our words and our behavior.
Words spoken in anger that cut deep and hurt are justified by the hurt we bear, proving ‘hurt people, hurt people.’
We justify our sinful activity when we say to ourselves, “I didn’t have the strength to resist,” neglecting the power within us if we would but ask.
If we were honest with ourselves and look directly through the Word of God at who we are, we may not like what we see.
We wear masks to hide our true identities. We shift the blame onto someone or something in our life, failing to accept the responsibility for our actions. We compare ourselves to others trying to lessen the fact that we rebelled against God’s Word and did what we wanted to do.
Sheep are dumb.
If one walked their way over a cliff, others would follow, not thinking or caring about the outcome.
God likens us to sheep.
Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Sometimes, when God doesn’t correct us immediately, our enemy tries to convince us that we got away with it, God was looking the other way, or He missed it entirely.
As a saved child of God, His presence is with me always. I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. He is not deaf, blind, or ignorant of my behavior. He IS longsuffering, wanting me to acknowledge my sin and repent before He has to come and correct me.
Never mistake the longsuffering of God for His approval of our behavior. He would have to apologize to those He did correct for neglecting to deal with us.
God is just.
At the point of realizing and recognizing our sin, we have two options.
One is to wait until God deals with us and think He will overlook us.
Or two, go directly into the throne room of God to confess and repent of that which He already knows.
Before he came to God for his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and killing her husband Uriah, David wandered for a great while. When he was confronted by Nathan, the prophet, his guilt and shame were now out in the open, and he could finally do something about it.
We read his confession in Psalm 51:
Psalm 51:3-4 “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”
When we fully realize that choosing to sin puts us at enmity with God. Simply, we are choosing to become God’s enemy.
There is no scenario in which we would admittedly step on Satan’s side and shake our fist at God, is there? Yet, when we refuse to deal with our sin, we are siding with Lucifer and defying the God of Heaven.
I don’t know about you, but that makes my heart hurt just typing it!
In a court of law, facts are presented, and then a sentence is passed down. In God’s court, we are already found guilty. Sin is in our nature, thanks to Adam. But we must not be stopped by guilt or shame.
We have a principle in our addictions program (RU Recovery) that states:
“God balances guilt with blame. Accept the blame, and God removes the guilt.”
This is based on 1 John 1:9.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
In confession, we are admitting to what God already knows is true. Can we also acknowledge the premeditation and decision-making process that brought us to the place of choosing sin over righteousness?
God saw it all. He saw the tempting, the enticement, the drawing away, lust rising in us, and the decision to sin.
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Guilt is God’s tool to draw us back to Him.
If we view it correctly and act accordingly, we can keep short accounts with God. The next time guilt comes, don’t push it away, deny it, or press on in your sin. Use it to be the catalyst to confession and repentance.