Q. I am a minister undergoing counseling for committing adultery. I know the Word of God and I have confessed my sin to God, my wife, other elders in the church and my congregation. I still, however, retain quick a bit of guilt. How do I overcome this battle within me?
A. It is amazing how human we are and all the same. As you know, the apostle Paul clearly said we all delight in the law of God after the inward man (Romans 7:22). The problem is we also have the law of sin in our members as well. Let's take a look at what the apostle Paul said about his (and our) struggles against sin:
"For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. FOR WHAT I WILL TO DO, THAT I DO NOT PRACTICE; BUT WHAT I HATE, THAT I DO . . . For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I DO NOT FIND. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, THAT I PRACTICE.
"I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, WARRING against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM! WHO WILL DELIVER ME FROM THIS BODY OF DEATH?
"I thank God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin." (Romans 7:14-15, 18-19, 21-25, NKJV)
We ALL sin but when we commit a sin which is OUR worst sin we can't seem to forgive ourselves (Romans 7:23).
Even though God doesn't grade sin, we humans tend to do so. Christ said He forgives ALL manner of sin and the answer to Paul's question "who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" is Jesus Christ our Savior (Romans 7:25)!