Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.
There are two parts to dealing with the problem of sin. The first is seeking forgiveness while the second part is avoiding it the next time.
We must be careful to realize that faith and love do not remove our sin. We don’t earn forgiveness. That is only done through the blood of Jesus Christ. However, we can negate the consequences of sin. If we hurt someone we can try to make it up to them. It is up to them to forgive us but we can do our best to love that person regardless whether they forgive us or not.
Through the fear of the Lord a person will think longer next time before committing the same sin. They will remember the pain they caused the last time they did such a thing.
While our sin may hurt others, it always hurts God. Our relationship is affected every time we choose to sin rather than obey God. Even if we aren’t caught by others, God still knows.
So when we sin we must seek forgiveness. We must work to make things right with those affected and with God. And finally we need to remember how our sin affects our relationship with our Maker.