The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
— Proverbs 16:17
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
— Proverbs 28:13
A 1990 Subaru car commercial showed a Volvo heading toward a wall, and then, in slow motion, crashing into the wall. The point of the commercial was that the Volvo is built so sturdily, the passengers are not hurt in spite of the severe nature of the crash.
The next shot shows a Subaru heading at a high rate of speed toward a wall. At the last possible moment the driver slams on the brakes and the Subaru stops inches from crashing into the wall. The announcer then cuts in and asks what you would prefer: to live through a wreck, or not to get in a wreck in the first place?
As Christians, we should have both a proactive and a reactive stance toward getting into trouble. A proactive stance is what we do to avoid trouble. So if you struggle with anger, you proactively take steps to avoid blowing up when stress hits. A reactive stance, on the other hand, is what happens when you do sin. So if you do blow up, you react by being apologetic and asking for forgiveness.
Both of these stances are crucial when it comes to dealing with sin in your life. So stay on your guard proactively by watching out for where you’re prone to sin. Also, develop a planned biblical response for when you do make a mistake that keeps your relationships with God and others fully intact!
Pray that God would give you wisdom to avoid sin, as well as deal with sin when it happens.