What Should We Do When We Sin?
1 John 1:7 …and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin. (9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What should we do if we fail accidentally? We should come immediately to God and put our sins under His blood. The very next moment, we can look to the Lord and say, “God, I thank and praise You because Your Son is still my life and my holiness. He will live out His overcoming life from within me.” We can be recovered within a second. There is no need to wait for five minutes or an hour. God forgives and cleanses us, but we think that we should feel sorry for ourselves a little longer and suffer a little more punishment before we are thoroughly cleansed. This is just asking for trouble….
Some may ask, “If a man still fails and needs the cleansing of the blood after he has entered the overcoming experience, is he not the same as those who never have the overcoming experience?”… There is a big difference between the two. Formerly, it was mostly failure and occasional victory. Now it is mostly victory and occasional failure. Before one overcomes, the failures are repetitious. Those who lose their temper always lose their temper. Those whose thoughts are
unclean always have unclean thoughts…. Every time one fails, he fails in the same things, and victory is rare. A person is habitually bound by his temper, pride, jealousy, or lying. After he goes through the overcoming experience, he will fail only occasionally, and when he fails, he will not commit the same sin over and over again. When he sins, it will be different than before.