Many times in life we encounter frustrating and discouraging situations. Often times we feel like we are being victimized by people or circumstances. Other times our own short comings (sins) cause problems for ourselves or others. This article wisely advises you how to deal with such times.
It's important to understand why sin, unwanted situations (such as Murphy's Law) and other discouraging events occur in our lives.
The Bible is God's Holy Word and gives this explanation:
1) Sin is selfishness, wrongdoing and disobedience to God- Read the first 3 chapters of Genesis. Then read Romans 5:12 and Romans 6:23. Pray and ask God that His Holy Ghost will help you understand how sin is unavoidable.
2) The Apostle Paul tired extremely hard not to sin but was unable to overcome many of his sins (Romans 7:24).
Important Note: We do not want to justify our sins and faults but we also can't beat ourselves up because of such. Sins will occur (sometimes more than other times).
3) God gave humans the Blood of Jesus Christ (on the Cross) to free us from sin's punishment. The punishment of sin is death (Romans 5:12; John 3:16; Romans 5:9).
4) So now we know that we don't have to "beat ourselves up" over the sins and mistakes we make
The Bible tells us how to deal with our sins and mistakes.
5) Go to the area or person you sinned against. Confess your sins and seek forgiveness and amends (Read All Of Matthew Chapter 18). That person then becomes obligated to forgive a sincere and repentant person. If they fail to forgive a sincere and repentant person then this would now be an issue with God (Matthew 6:12, 15-16). Of course very serious sins or sins where there were victims may take longer to heal and forgive. Yet it is God-like and Christ-like to forgive all sins (John 3:16).
6) Once you have approached the person asked for forgiveness and attempted to make amends it is then up to the person and God to "do the rest". Biblically speaking, you are FREE from this matter. Don't waste one second worrying about what any other person thinks. God has fully forgiven you and thus you are FORGIVEN. PRAISE GOD (John 8:3-11).
7) You should, however, go back over everything and LEARN from the experience. What could you have done differently to have avoided the sin(s) and offences.
8) God is not seeking "perfect" people. That is the sole role of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We don't want to justify any sins, but sins and discouragements will happen. We must confess our sins (James 5:16) as we continue to study the Bible, apply the Bible, grow in the Holy Ghost, regularly attend Church, preach Jesus to others, and Praise God Daily AS He Is More Than Worthy! The main thing(s) to do is always place your primary focus on God the Spirit (Isaiah 26:3; Matthew 6:25-34; John 4:24).
If we diligently do the things listed in this article (especially the things listed in number 8 above) we will experience the Powerful Presence Of The Holy Ghost In Our Daily Lives, God's Peace (Philippians 4:6-8), God's Joy and the Mighty Praise By Which God Almighty Is Worthy (Galatians 5:22-26; Psalm 145:1-3)!
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