But before her repentant words were out of her mouth, several members of our small group doused them with "unsanctified mercy." When she left that day, she was convinced she'd been too hard on herself.
Thinking they were being "nice," her friends had actually encouraged her to ignore the Holy Spirit. They didn't realize that sometimes down is up. Being sorrowful for sin is a good thing.
"Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor." James 4:9-10
Let's see sin for what it is and respond appropriately.
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The last thing we should do when someone is convicted of sin is minimize their confession. We can comfort and encourage them that God will help them overcome their sins, but we should never dissuade their sorrow.
And we should also feel sorrow for our sins.
What do the passages below tell us about sorrow for sin?
Isaiah 66:2 (NLT): My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word."
Psalm 51:16-17: You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
1 John 1:8-10: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
How do you respond when someone shares a sin? Do you help them excuse it or face it?
copyright 2013, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted
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