"If we make the statement: "We have no sin," we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8,9).
WE MUST BE DEAD TO SIN AND ALIVE TO GOD.
"We know that the man we once were has been
(impaled) with Christ, for the
destruction of the sinful self, so that we may no longer be the slaves of sin...
you must regard yourselves as dead to sin and alive to God, in union with
Christ Jesus. So sin must no longer reign in your mortal body, exacting
obedience to the body's desires. You must no longer put its several parts at
sin's disposal, as implements for doing wrong. No: put yourselves at the
disposal of God, as dead men raised to life; yield your bodies to Him as
implements for doing right; for sin shall no longer be your master, because
you are no longer under Law, but under the grace of God." (From Rom 6:6 & 11
"But God be thanked, you, who once were slaves of sin, have yielded whole-hearted obedience to the pattern of teaching to which you were made subject, and, emancipated from sin, have become slaves of righteousness". (Rom 6:17,18 NEB).
"Before Judgement comes, examine yourself, and you will find pardon in the hour of scrutiny. Before you fall ill, humble yourself; show your penitence as soon as you sin." (Eccus 18:20,21 NEB).
REQUEST FORGIVENESS AS SOON AS YOU SIN.
'We need to know that our sins are forgiven.
And how shall we know this? By feeling that we have peace with God,
"Inquire of the Lord while He is present, call upon Him when He is close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their ways and evil men their thoughts: let them return to the Lord, who will have pity on them, return to our God, for He will freely forgive." (Isaiah 55:6,7 NEB).
"Temptation arises when a man is enticed and lured away by his own lust (desire. NWT); then lust conceives, and gives birth to sin; and sin full-grown breeds death." (James 1:14,15 NEB).
THE OUTCOME OF SINS INDULGED.
are many things that appear trifles, which greatly tend to enervate (1)
the soul, and hinder its progress in the path to virtue and glory.
of indulging in things which our judgement cannot thoroughly approve, grows
stronger and stronger by every act of self
'The dominion of any sinful habit will fearfully estrange us from His presence. A single consenting act of inward disobedience in thought or will is enough to let fall a cloud between Him and us, and to leave our hearts cheerless and dark.' (H. E. Manning).
"For if we wilfully persist in sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins remains: only a terrifying expectation of Judgement and a fierce fire which will consume God's enemies." (Heb 10:26,27 NEB).
OF OUR BROTHERS IN THE FAITH.
"If a man should do ("is caught doing". Ftnote) something wrong, my brothers, on a sudden impulse, you who are endowed with the Spirit must set him right again very gently. Look to yourself, each one of you: you may be tempted too." (Gal 6:1 NEB).
"Brothers, even though a man takes some false step before he is aware of it, you who have spiritual qualifications try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness, as you keep an eye on yourself, for fear you also may be tempted." (Gal 6:1).
your brother commits a sin, go and take the matter up with him, strictly between
yourselves, and if he listens to you, you have won your brother over. If he
will not listen, take one or two others with you, so that all facts may be
duly established on the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to
listen to them, report the matter to the congregation; and if he will not
listen even to the congregation, you must then treat him as you would a pagan or
"My brothers, if one of your number should stray from the truth and another succeed in bringing him back, be sure of this: any man who brings a sinner back from his crooked ways will be rescuing his soul from death and cancelling innumerable sins." (James 5:19,20 NEB).
(1) ENERVATE: To deprive of strength, to weaken.