The Bible does not merely tell us not to sin. As this chapter shows, the Bible gives practical instruction on how to deal with any sin that we have done – and also on how to avoid sin in future.
The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin. Psalms 51:17 NCV™
[Nehemiah, to God:] I confess the sins that we Israelites have committed against you as well as the sins that my father’s family and I have committed. Nehemiah 1:6b GW
[David, to God after committing terrible sin:] Turn your face from my sins and wipe out all my guilt. 10Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again. Psalms 51:9-10 NCV™
[David, to God:] Don’t let me do wrong on purpose, Lord, or let sin have control over my life. Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault. Psalms 19:13 CEV
[Paul, to believers:] You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations. 1 Corinthians 10:13 CEV
[A psalmist, to God:] I treasure your word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against you. Psalms 119:11 CEV
[Peter, to believers:] Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, … 1 Peter 2:11 NET
God did this [sent Jesus to deal with sin] so that the righteous demands of the Law might be fully satisfied in us who live according to the Spirit, and not according to human nature. Romans 8:4 GNT
Living by the Holy Spirit involves: focusing on what he wants; paying attention to his promptings; and relying on his power.
[Paul, to believers:] But now you have been set free from sin and are the slaves of God. Your gain is a life fully dedicated to him, and the result is eternal life. Romans 6:22 GNT
One of the most effective measures against sinning is to be busy doing good – as is the case when one lives as a slave to God.
[God:] “You must be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16 ISV
[God, to the Israelites:] Therefore separate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 20:7 ISV