3 Ways to Make Repentance Stick

Failing to successfully fight reoccurring sins can leave you feeling defeated. Fortunately, Christians can take practical steps to reestablish our spiritual guards and avoid temptation.

  1. Honest confession to God. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”[1] Take some time to share the details of your failure with the Lord. Be thorough. Share the wrong desires of your heart, what led to your shortcoming, and ask for his restoration. Contrary to human logic, being honest and transparent before him actually removes shame. Failing to be vulnerable with the Lord will only prolong the struggle and keep you steeped in guilt.
  2. Share your struggle with a trusted advisor. “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”[2] Sin grows best in the dark. Exposing your short comings with a mentor or discipleship leader will allow you to release the spiritual weight of shame and guilt off of your shoulders. Ask them to pray for you and keep you accountable for your response to the tempting areas of your life.
  3. Take practical steps to avoid temptation. Prioritize your spiritual disciplines (Bible study, prayer, evangelism, etc.). Avoid certain websites with racy advertisements. Schedule a routine and stick to it. Whatever the measure may be, do what it takes to keep yourself from the seductive draw of sin.

If you have any other suggestions on how to beat reoccurring sin, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

[1] 1 John 1:9 (ESV)

[2] James 5:16 (ESV)

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