Ezekiel 36:31

“Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices.” (Ezekiel 36:31). Ezekiel tells us that after we receive the Holy Spirit, after our hearts are renewed and we have been cleansed, and after we have been brought into the great blessing of God, that we will despise our sins. Before we received God’s salvation we enjoyed our sins; we longed for them because they seemed to be our answer for life. Our idolatry, greed and love for pleasures seemed to offer hope and a future. But when we received the Spirit, these things suddenly became a bitter taste in our mouths. When we do what we shouldn’t do our renewed hearts feel the pain of guilt. We no longer love sin and when we do it we loathe ourselves. Our sinful nature (flesh) is always with us and occasionally it rises up and we do the things we hate – but the fact that we hate it is a sure sign of the Spirit living in us. One who is not born of the Spirit doesn’t hate their sin! So strangely, when we sin and then hate our detestable acts, this is actually a sign that we are truly Christians. It shows that our holiness is fully the work of the cross and that the Spirit is alive in us. So, when we sin, we can get on with life as cleansed, holy children of God.