How do you personally handle your own sins?

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  1. Hamtramck_Mike

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    I do NOT want this thread to degenerate into a debate about our opinions about what sin is but the question is this:

    You have sinned against the Living God, you know you have sinned, now how do you proceed thus?

    Do you always recognize when you sin?

    Do you tell fellow bretheren or God alone?

    Do you ask God for forgiveness and repent and then move on or do you dwell on it a while?
     
  2. pinoybaptist

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    Hamtrack_Mike said:

    Confess, mark and avoid ?

    No. But I know not a day goes by when I do not, by commission, omission, presumption, or ignorance. So, at the end of the day, open the day's ledger and keep accounts short.

    My brethren ? Gollygee, no, no, no. They got their own sins to deal with for me to burden them with mine. God ? He already knows, even before I do it. I acknowledge them to Him.

    Well, let's say you cut yourself, whether by purpose, accident, or unknowingly walking thru sharp elephant bush, and you go and have someone wash the wound and bind it.

    You don't sit around thinking you shouldn't have done this, or you shouldn't have walked right thru those bushes, or this or that, do you ?

    The cut is there, the wound is swelling, throbbing, but, you go right on with what you have to do. Right ?
     
  3. David Mark

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    I usually know something is wrong because my conscience suffers. I sometimes disgust even myself.

    There are many things that I can only tell to God. I say them with complete and sometimes brutal honesty, with respect to who I am speaking with, hiding nothing that I know or learn about myself.

    He compassionate.
    He is wise.
    He understands my frame.
    He is full of mercy.
    He is tenderhearted.
    He forgives.
    He teaches.
    He loves.
    He counsels.
    He comforts.
    He started this thing.
    He sought me, he drew me in.
    He makes men and women righteous.
    And he never fails at any of these things, but men do fail at them.

    If I "sin" against a man, I will look for a way to confess it to him too. The quicker the better. Even better not to sin at all, but I struggle.

    Repentance or changing my mind seems to start in my head. I can agree with God but I might find it almost impossible to change something. Therefore I seek repentance from him. What else can I do, if I find myself in such a treacherous place? There is no doubt that I need to change in some areas. If I find that I cannot change, I admit it to him, fight a very good fight and hope to change quickly. I prayed this very morning. "make me not to sin".

    If I am judged for something I could not change and there are a countless number of my pleas, fastings and supplications recorded in heaven (even feeble ones) regarding the matter.. Well, let's just say, that I trust in the Lord to save me.

    I do fight and, I will continue to fight.

    All of this is built on the belief in the one whom God has sent. The Christ.

    Dave
     
  4. Helen

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    Sometimes I know right away that I have done or said something wrong. Often, though, I don't, and the Holy Spirit is then faithful to quietly instruct me -- sometimes just internally and sometimes through my husband or someone else.

    If anything I have said or done has hurt or offended another person needlessly -- sinfully -- I do confess it to that person and ask for forgiveness. And always confess to God, too, even though I know my sins are already forgiven and atoned for. For me it's a matter of keeping an open, transparent relationship with God, so that I have not closed off any part of my life or my heart to His leading anywhere in my life.

    Do I dwell on it? Sometimes, yes, actually. When I need to think through a whole attitude or decision that has been involved, I do need time to work through all the necessary changes that will be needed. Sometimes I'll think about it in terms of a particular problem I have had that I can see the Lord is still working on. Sometimes that 'dwelling' on it takes more the form of a prayer, asking quietly for guidance and trying to pay very close attention to the 'unfamiliar' thoughts that might enter my mind.

    If my sins hurt only me, no problem with just forgetting and 'pushing on' But they don't. They damage others, too, or cause hardships that needn't have been placed in their path.

    So I don't dwell on it like mental self-flagellation, but I will think about it in terms of being very clear about what needs to be done now and how I should speak or act differently in the future.

    I would like to live my life so that if I am the only Christian person someone sees, then he or she would want to trust his or her life to Christ, too.
     
  5. C.S. Murphy

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    Glad to see your smiling face again Helen.
    Murph
     
  6. Hamtramck_Mike

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    Wow! All of you are a blessing from God beyond compare! Thank you all!
     
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    Repent to God and all those it hurt.

    I do not always know my sin. I fact I would say that as I grow in the Lord I keep finding ones I never even saw before, that is part of growing in the grace and knowage of the Lord.

    It says in James to confess your falts to each other. I do not believe that means we need to tell every one with no care who we tell. Tell a strong Christian that if you think telling them will help the situation.

    I believe that just thinking about it will not help. Repent and trust the Lord to forgive.
    Romens 1-8 is great for me in showing us who to overcome sin. [​IMG]
     
  8. The Right Way

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    The sins I worry most about are the ones I don't know I'm committing. My father takes care of those, but still, I wish there was one clear list that listed them all out. And why do I keep committing the same ones over and over when I try so hard not to.
     
  9. Hamtramck_Mike

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    That is the million dollar question Right Way! why do I sin even though I KNOW it is wrong? Sometime I just feel like taking a knive and cutting the sin out of my body! (please do not fear people; this is figurative)
     
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    I don't handle them. Jesus does that for me.
     
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    Mike wrote;
    You have sinned against the Living God, you know you have sinned, now how do you proceed thus?

    Do you always recognize when you sin?
    Answer;
    This is a contradiction to the first part. if we know we have sinned we recognize it also.

    Do you tell fellow bretheren or God alone?
    Answer;
    It depends on the sin. if I sin against someone I may need to correct the issue with them as well as God.

    Do you ask God for forgiveness and repent and then move on or do you dwell on it a while?
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    The answer is yes. I do confess it to the Lord and that requires repentance or there was no confession. However sometimes depending on the sin I may hang on to the remourse for some time depending on what the damage is that the sin caused.
     
  12. David Mark

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    One of the most difficult things to do is to stay in the Light when it shows me what I am. If I am faithless, I will turn from the Light and be in darkness. If I am faithful, I will stay in the light no matter how illuminating it becomes or how much fear it creates in me. For there are also positive things in the Light. If I stay in the Light, I have the promise of salvation and Eternal Life.

    If I endure and I am brave (and I am and must be), I will stay in that sometimes painful light, but I will never like the negative things I learn about myself. I think sometimes: When will this all end? When will I reach the end of my natural, disobedient and faithless man? And who will actually save me from my private struggles?

    I run from those who might say: Let us sin that grace may abound. I am the opposite. Let us not sin at all. But nevertheless I am in a fight.

    It is my heart that God is looking at. He must see me struggle, he must see me loose a fight. I think my confession brings me into the Light. It is in the Light that my heart may condemn me. I stand before him now and speak to him about what I am or even what I think I am (right or wrong). My honesty before him is: I want to change, but I seem to be unable to. Therefore, I secretly, bravely and daringly call upon the name of the Lord (I have no other options). I stay in the Light and if my heart still condemns me, God is greater than my heart!

    If I do this now while I am in this body and endure it all, I have confidence that face to face nothing will change and I will not be ashamed, for I did not try to hide from him like the first Adam did.

    Dave.
     
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    Do you tell fellow bretheren or God alone?

    The Bible says to "confess your sins to one another..."

    A Warning: Confess only to a brother you can trust who will keep it confidential. Gossip can spread through the disguise of a "prayer request".
     
  14. jakes

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    I have a general overall view of what sin and sinning is about, I try to avoid deliberatly sinning . . . .
     
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    I know we were all born sinners. I for one am one of them. I Love Jesus for setting me Free from that bondage! 70 x 7 YaY!

    I Love You Lord

    I Love You Lord

    And I lift my voice

    Too Worship You

    O' my soul Rejoice

    Take joy My King

    In, in what You Hear

    May it be a sweet, sweet sound

    In Your Ear.

    I leaned this song along time ago, when I was a little girl in Church. I have it memorized YaY! :D

    Love Always, [​IMG]

    Kristi Ann
     

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