What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
One change that is needed has to do with how we view God, and His feelings towards us.
We all have sinned and will sin falling short of the mark. When this happens we should feel sorrow about our failures.
But what does God expect as a result of our sorrow?
What should sorrow produce? In Pauls letter to the Corinthians we read “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results and salvation”** 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
I read this today in my devotional;
There are two types of sorrow.
One produces death; the other produces life.
One tells us we’ve done something bad enough or long enough to take us beyond the possibility of God’s cleansing love. I have felt this as many of us have.
This sorrow and shame is not from God.
Godly sorrow may begin with the same realization that we’ve greatly disappointed our loving God and Savior, but it embraces the forgiveness earned on the cross and is grateful-more grateful than ever before-for God’s kindness to love us and offer to cleanse us.
God promises through the death of His Son for our sin that,
“If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
1 John 1:9
Godly sorrow points us to Jesus so we can accept His forgiveness. Let Godly sorrow have its way in you and instead of guilt and shame alone let it produce gratitude that Jesus has covered our failures and sin.
Turn to God and thank Him for His grace.