Right Guilt Leads to True Repentance (Noon)
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Acts 3:19-20 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
Have you ever felt guilty and regretful after doing something? The regret grips us so strongly that during the day we can’t do anything else. Even we are ashamed and angry with ourselves, and after that, we usually don’t want to see anyone. There might even be some who think it is better to disappear from this world.
Perhaps, that was what Judas felt after he sold Jesus (Matthew 27: 3). He regretted. However, regret often does not guarantee repentance. Steeped in remorse, Judas went to hang himself (Matt. 27: 5). Maybe he was too embarrassed to go back and admit his mistakes to the other students. He missed the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness. Unlike Peter, who wept over his sin, but then returned to following God. In other parts of the Bible, Judas’ sorrow is called the sorrow of the world (2 Cor 7:10). The center is self. Meanwhile, godly sorrow “produces repentance”. The word for repentance in Greek is metanoia, which means to change your mind or turn from sin.
It’s good if we realize our mistakes and regret them. However, don’t let regret keep us from continuing to live like Judas. Come to God with a heart ready to repent radically. Don’t just come to God and ask for forgiveness but not with a sincere heart to repent. Today, open your heart to God, commit to repent sincerely because God desires to free each of us, so that true victory belongs to you and me. Jesus bless you.
RIGHT GUILT is followed by a COMMITMENT TO TRUE REPENTANCE.
1. What do you think right guilt looks like?
2. Then, have you done true repentance? What are the things that sometimes make it difficult for you to commit to being truly repent?
3. Write down your steps and commitments to experience true repentance in God!
“Father, thank you for Your Word today. Forgive us. Guide us so that we continue to walk in the truth of Your word, even do true repentance of all our mistakes and sins so far, so that we too may experience true freedom in You. Thanks, God. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we have prayed, Amen.”