Sometimes we are weighed down by guilt.
Guilt about things we have done.
This dark, depressing pressure of guilt should remind us that guilt is a weapon of Satan. He uses it to keep us focused on our sins, tied to the past – held back from the joy that comes from grace of God.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul tells us that Godly sorrow comes when the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins.
Godly sorrow brings repentance and leaves no regrets.
Godly sorrow brings an earnestness and eagerness to get right with God.
It brings indignation that we have strayed – that’s not who we are anymore.
It brings alarm because we realize we’re doing things we don’t want to do and we’re anxious to change. We’re longing to get back on the right path.
We evaluate the choices and decisions that brought us to this place so that we don’t make them again.
We are ready to make things right. We want to make amends. We have a strong desire to do the right thing.
The darkness and depression of guilt is not Godly sorrow.
When we are convicted of our sin, God wants us to move forward.
He wants us to eagerly repent and get back on the straight path.
Godly sorrow helps us turn toward the light and find our joy once again.
Because we repent.
And we are reconciled.
Thank you, Abba Father.