Fallen people sin. We are all fallen people. We all sin. The one who says they don’t sin is lying and the truth is not in him.
When a person with the truth in him pays attention, he sees his own sin. This can’t help but bum you out.
Now, I know, I know, “But Jeff, there’s now no condemnation! Sin shouldn’t bug you!”
That’s stupid. Of course it should bug me, I just violated God’s will. The fact that I won’t be condemned to hell for it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t bother me.
“But Jeff, but Jeff! It’s all grace! Only those under Law need feel guilt over sin.”
I beg to differ. I don’t even beg really, I just differ. If your sin does not bother you, I find it hard to believe you have the Holy Spirit, or that you are a new creation in Christ.
The flesh lusts against the Spirit. We mortify, kill off, the deeds of the flesh. I fail to see how this battle, this wrestling, does not come with feelings of remorse, guilt, and regret.
We should look to the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ in all this. There is an answer to the guilt, remorse, and regret, but I do believe you are in a very bad place if your sin never gets you down.
Here are a number of New Testament examples of people being bummed out by their sin.
*Luke 7 has a woman who is a known sinner crying tears on the feet of Jesus and wiping them with her hair. The Pharisee standing by had no remorse over his sin and cried none at all, thus making him the recipient of a lecture from Jesus.
*After Jesus betrayal and Peter’s thrice denial, Peter is reminded of Jesus’ words about him and immediately busts out crying knowing he had just denied Christ.
*There are a number of times when Jesus talks about a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth by people who failed in life. If you aren’t weeping over your sin on earth, you’ll be weeping over them for eternity.
*Hebrews 12:16,17 relates people doing sin and then feeling like the weeping Esau after selling his birthright. He can’t get it back no matter what he does. Sin can back you into irreversible corners you will regret.
Sin is a bummer. We’re not supposed to do it. When we do, we’re supposed to feel bad. Any doctrine that says otherwise is of the devil, the only one who is happy about your sin.
Again, there is a looking to Christ for forgiveness and future victory, but I fail to see how this eliminates the necessity to weep over our sin, especially when it has real world, painful consequences.
If it’s been a while since your sins have caused you tears, you’re in a very bad place.