Don't Fool Yourself - Deal Biblically With Your Sins

This short Bible study offers biblical advice for dealing with repetitive sins such as anger.

Before doing this study, please read the one-minute introduction Fools, Anger, and Repentance.

Sometimes we get lazy about our walk with the Lord. We excuse, accept, or ignore sins in our lives. Or we compare ourselves with others who are worse and think we don't need to change.

Study the verses below and let them inspire you to work on areas of your life where you need to change:

Philippians 2:12-13: "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."

This is such an important passage, explaining the balance between God's work and our work in Christian growth. We're commanded to be serious about our sanctification (i.e. "with fear and trembling"), but only God can change us. Our responsibility is to yield to His work in us, repent of our sins, and obey what we know to be true. See also Romans 8, especially verses 12-13.

Ephesians 4:22-24: "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."

Becoming a Christian is the beginning of a process, not the end. I encourage you to check out the short Bible Study Defeating Sin with Scripture for a practical idea for overcoming sins.

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Copyright 2014, Gail Burton Purath,, edited and updated in 2023

This short Bible study offers biblical advice for dealing with repetitive sins such as anger.


  1. For thirty four years I have asked, pleaded with, God to change me. I am still unregenerate. My heart is desperately wicked.

    1. Craig,
      I am so sorry for this struggle you have had and continue to have.

      Obviously, I don't know you, and I don't assume to fully understand your situation, but I want to encourage you to find a Bible-believing church and a godly man who can talk and pray with you.

      If you have never asked Christ to be your Lord and Savior, I plead with you to do that right don't need to wait for someone to pray with you. Then find someone who will pray with you and keep your accountable.

      And make sure you are daily in God's Word because it can and will transform your heart and mind if you are sincere.

      Jeremiah 29:13 promises this: "If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me."

      God is anxious to be "found."

      God bless you.

  2. Dear Graig Mark...First my name is Sherry Lynn and a Chaplain. My first thought and feeling is GOD loves you so much.HE is willing What ever your Beleif is where you start Sir! He will meet you exactlyi where you at this this very moment!!!!!!AMEN