Nobody likes to talk about sin. Even people who celebrate and revel in their sin, at some point, have to look in the mirror and wonder if there’s more. If we’re followers of Jesus, though, we shouldn’t be averse to talking about sin, because talking about sin only leads to more conviction and more opportunities for freedom.
Again, though, most people don’t really want to feel convicted about their sins. We want to walk through life comfortable; we want to live the way that we live. If we live with our sin long enough, we can grow numb to it. We don’t see our sin as sin, we see it as an “issue” or something that we’re “working on,” when in reality we haven’t tried working on it for months. We can’t start working on our sin until we’re convicted and convinced that it’s sin.
That is why it’s important to talk about sin. If we don’t talk about sin, then it’s easy to ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit. We ignore and ignore and ignore and we get even number to our sin. Talking about our sin, though, turns up the voice of the Holy Spirit as we give others the opportunity to speak truth into our lives, whether that’s through a sermon in church or a conversation with a friend.
As we hear the Holy Spirit’s voice more clearly, we’ll move to conviction, the feeling that we need to change and the resolve to actually do something about it. Again, we need to continue talking about sin even as we’re making efforts to root it out of our lives. We need to ask others to hold us accountable and we need to celebrate with others when we’ve made progress. If we don’t keep talking about sin, even as we’re allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us, then it’s possible that we might fall back into the habit of ignoring the Spirit and embracing our sin.
At some point, through Jesus’ grace and the Holy Spirit’s power, we can actually experience victory over our sin. At this point, it’s important to keep talking about our sin to offer encouragement to others. When our effort combined with the Holy Spirit’s power and Jesus’ grace results in transformation, we should shout that from the rooftop. Instead of refusing to talk about our sin because of the shame we feel, we can talk about our sin and the freedom that we’ve experienced.
Nobody likes to talk about sin, but talking about our sin is the only way that we can move from darkness to light, shame to freedom. We don’t have to post about it on Facebook for everyone to see, but we do need to find a trusted friend who will listen to us, love us and then kick us in the pants to get that sin out of our lives.