Thru an odd set of circumstances I was asked to write a short article on a biblical topic for a Christian magazine in India. This is it with a few edits.
We often hear teaching on how we are to live holy lives sold out for Christ. Preachers will get up and speak boldly the admonition of Christ to, “Go and sin no more.” This is absolutely crucial. But there is another area directly related to this that we tend to ignore and it is to our own hurt.
How is a Christian to deal with sin after it has happened? When we have already fallen and our conscience is already guilty how do we react? This is a question that needs answering because like it or not we still dwell in these fleshly bodies that are so prone to sin (romans 7).
Micah chapter 7 sheds precious light on this topic.
8 Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case And executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness…….
18 Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our  sins Into the depths of the sea.
Though this is written speaking of the nation of Israel there are important principles we as God’s church can gather. Let us place ourselves in the position of the one here.
We have sinned and we sit in darkness (verse 8). We will bear the indignation of the Lord (verse 9) Seeing as we have just offended God the natural action we would take is to grovel in our guilt and to be afraid to approach God again. But the speaker feels no such fear. He recognizes that the God He serves is the one who has saved Him and loves Him. Christ is His advocate before the Throne of God. Thus He boldly yet humbly speaks of how God is yet a light to Him. He tells of the fact that God will execute justice for Him and bring Him forth to the light.
Justice? But is it not justice for us to be punished?
Christ has borne our sins to the cross. He accomplished it all and now we stand righteous before Him. For us to grovel in self pity and guilt after a sin is for us to doubt what Christ has done. He said, “It is finished.”
Now, when we sin, we must repent and turn back to God humbly. But we must not beat ourselves up about it. Trust in God your redeemer.