I was one of those Mama’s that made my kids say they were sorry when they were the perpetrator of an offense, even when they really weren’t sorry. There were probably even a few times when they didn’t have a clue what they’d even done wrong.
In fact, I’ll make a confession.
I’ve even said I’m sorry at times when I really wasn’t.
It’s not always easy to tell the difference between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow. Whether you’re young or old, the words I’m sorry can easily fall from our lips without ever reaching our heart…
Godly sorrow looks entirely different from worldly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is often very short-lived. It just wants to see the problem go away, and demonstrates no change in behavior.
A person who is truly repentant over their actions longs to right a wrong. Their heart is grieved over their offense, and they seek to repair their relationship with God and the people who were affected by their sin, whatever it takes.
Don’t ignore the Holy Spirit’s conviction when you’ve sinned against God. Instead, learn to recognize and receive the Lord’s chastening, understanding that sorrow over sin produces a heart that pleases God, and can live victoriously for His purpose.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
I am so thankful for the spirit of conviction that You’ve given me. I want to confess and bring my sin into the light. Your Word assures me that You will forgive and cleanse me completely. Forgive me for choosing my way over Yours. Change me from within so I can live a life that pleases and glorifies You.
In Jesus Name
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