How can I learn to hate my own sin?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Romans 12:9 says, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." These actions are two sides of the same coin, and they are mutually dependent. Our grip on the good will be tenuous indeed if we don't ...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Billy P Eldred
As a practical answer to your question, I would say the best way is by reading the Bible. Over and over and over again. The more of God's word that you get inside you, the more you realize how worthy to be praised He is, the more you want to please Him and the More you know how just He is. Knowing this you see the contrast in God and Sin. You see how much he hates sin and wanting to please Him, you want to be like Him also hating sin. 

From a different angle I would say that knowing God's word helps you to recognise the real thing. What is good and what is right. I have read that the way they train experts to recognise forged money is to have them study over and over and over what the real thing is like. They become so familiar with the real thing that the fake becomes obvious. God's word is the same. Recognizing it makes what is not right (sin) disgustingly obvious and so inferior in comparison that you naturally hate it.

March 17 2017 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Seth3 Seth Freeman
Sanctification is the daily process by which we become more like Christ. The more you become like Christ, the less you will sin. I think the biggest thing to remember is that sin management doesn't work. Instead of trying to sin less, what you should do is focus on being more like Christ.

Our focus shouldn't be on our sin and on our behavior, but instead our focus should be on Christ. As a Christian, you are forgiven now, redeemed now, holy now, and you are now a saint. It's the difference between looking at yourself as a sinner who was saved versus a saint who sins. It may sound like a minimal distinction, but the implications are large.

If you place your focus instead of on sinning less, but on the character of Christ, and striving to be what He already says is true about you now in Scripture, then as a result you will sin less.

We will all still sin this side of heaven, we all still battle our flesh. But the more we focus on Christ, and the more we become like Christ, as a result, we will naturally sin less.

June 20 2014 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Ben Zickefoose Retired, Kinesiology Dept. ACU, TX & traveling ministry.
Overcoming and hating one's personal sin:

When one wants to overcome and hate personal sin, consider that it is a mental, a heart issue. For a mental/heart exercise to overcome and hate one's personal sin, note Michael Houdmann's thought below taken from his response above in the next to the last paragraph.

"The more often we consider eternity, the more we will hate our sin. "Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). No one will still love sin after he dies. The sooner we think of sin not as a pleasure but as the basis of the coming judgment, the sooner we will hate our own sin."

We should live each day in view of eternity. The choices/decisions we make every day, whether good or bad, will influence our eternal destiny, whether it be heaven or hell.

When confronted with a situation that challenges your holy lifestyle, ask yourself, "What Would Jesus Do?" (WWJD) And, while considering what He would do, think about where He is now and where you want to be in eternity.

Also, remember that God knows our actions, and our actions have consequences.

1 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.   NIV

Our behavior/choices/decisions have consequences, not only in this life, but in the life to come, as well.

Be strong. Discipline yourself. Be self-controlled. Live a pure, righteous, holy life.

Note the encouragement to be self-controlled in Titus 2.  This admonition is for men and women, young and old. 

1You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. NIV

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