Mitch, You said something along the lines of when we sin we should realize that it is God’s work and not grumble against it. I often find myself beating myself up about my sin until two minutes later I realize it is God in me who wills to do His good pleasure. You see what I mean? I just want to have a rightful attitude towards sin, and in that a Godly attitude towards repentance.
First of all, when we see sin in our lives we need to hate the sin.
Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Here is an example in 1 Corinthians. This passage is talking about putting a brother out of the
fellowship who is living in sin and not repenting and bearing good fruit. There is an inward
rebellious man within us that we must handle the same way.
1Co 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such
sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s
1Co 5:2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might
be taken away from among you.
1Co 5:3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were
present) him who has so done this deed.
1Co 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit,
with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Co 5:5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit
maybe saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
Even though God has caused this sin, we must be ashamed for a season that sorrow may work
within us leading to repentance.
2Th 3:14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.
2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the
sorrow of the world worketh death.
There is a sorrow of the world that is NOT beneficial for us. This sorrow is the self condemning sorrow that does not recognize God’s control over all we do. Once we repent of the evil, we need to realize that God has caused is so we are not overwhelmed with sorrow.
2Co 2:5 NKJV But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe.
2Co 2:6 This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man,
2Co 2:7 so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest
perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.
2Co 2:8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.
Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
We have to go through this same process within ourselves. Once we have seen our sin, been sorrowful and repented, we need comfort. We need to know this next verse deeply:
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Sinning is a part of our salvation process, it’s just important how we respond to the sin. We have to acknowledge that we do have sin, and then confess so we can be cleansed.
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
The process of being cleansed is not passive on our part. God is going to give us the strength and
ability to wage war in our heavens, and we must do so with all of the strength he has given to us.
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but
now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
1Co 9:27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
1Ch 29:2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God…
We must remember that it is GOD who is doing the work within us, otherwise we will become
puffed up an self-righteous. We will stumble in this area as well.
Php 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Remember that this is a process and the victory will not come all at once. This is a long war that will
take time. We will win victories along the way.
Exo 23:29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become
desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
Exo 23:30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and
inherit the land.
(Deu 7:22 NKJV) And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.
Php 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
1Co 15:31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Here is a study that will help you:
How to Wage Spiritual Warfare
Let me know if this answers your question,