WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE MESSED UP
Temptation, which is an enticement to sin, has always been satan’s main weapon to separate a child of God from his relationship with God. Temptation is not a sin, even Jesus was tempted Hebrews 2:18. Temptation is common to man for every man is tempted 1 Corinthians 10:13. Temptation has no power if we have no desire or taste for the bait James 1:14. Temptation is not irresistible James 4:7, and yet the Bible still gives encouragement to those who are still struggling with sin and have failed. I realize this short teaching may be an oversimplification and not cover every situation but we need to know what to do when we mess up.
- ADMIT IT 1 John 1:9.
The sooner you admit it, the faster you can fix it. (Do not wait till it is too late. Do not let the devil get a stronghold in you. Do not wait for someone else to point it out to you). If we confess our sins we can count on the fact that He is faithful to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Be honest and just fess up. Don’t try to lessen the darkness of what you did and describe it in terms that sound better.
Fix it with everyone involved in it and do not allow relationships to remain broken or people to be offended. Agree with your adversary quickly Matthew 5:25.
2. FORSAKE IT Proverbs 28:13.
Those who confess and forsake it get mercy.
Tell on yourself; see it for what it really is – which is sin.
Confess it to God and abandon your excuses.
Have godly sorrow 2 Corinthians 7:10; turn away from it and forsake it (leave it – do not go back to it; neglect it).
3. GET BACK ON COURSE Hebrews 12:11-13.
Micah 7:8, 9 says, “8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. 9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
Put your enemies (the accuser of the brethren) on notice that you are coming up out of this mess and do whatever it takes to get back up.
Accept the chastening of the Lord and get back on course Hebrews 12:11-13. Make straight paths for your feet or a plan for recovery. Rely on God’s grace and forgiving power. We need to bring forth fruits meet for repentance but we need to know that it is not to earn forgiveness which is a grace we cannot pay for. Getting back to running the race set before us (God’s plan for us) can help the recovery as we press forward in our calling. Do not try to recover on your own strength without God’s help or by your own methods.
a. Run to His Word and presence.
b. Run to prayer and His people.