Seems more and more as the world becomes ever darker that I meet people who have no remorse over their wrongdoing. They don’t feel bad. They don’t feel they have done anything wrong. Even if they know they have done wrong, they justify it somehow and see no reason to seek forgiveness from God or anyone they may have harmed. They simply proceed forth with their lives excusing what they have done or are still doing. Perhaps you assume I am writing of those who do not call themselves Christians. Tragically, I am writing of both those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and those who do consider themselves to be Christians.
I can identify. For years before I received Jesus Christ as Lord, I could have cared less about my wrongdoing. That is one thing. But for years after I received Him as Lord and Savior, I oftentimes did the same thing. Justifying my sin. And having no remorse. But the Holy Spirit of God didn’t leave me where I was. He took me where I am today. He brought me to a place of total surrender to Him.
By God’s grace, in His love and mercy, He drew me to Himself, took me deep into the Bible to teach me His Word, taught me and still does day by day His truth and gave me a heart on fire to love, honor, and please Him and to genuinely love others as myself. He taught me at the heart level the way of godly sorrow, sincere remorse, and true repentance. To truly feel bad when I hurt Him and others and to long to do right in His eyes instead. This, friend, is the way of the Lord when it comes to wrongdoing.
To feel truly sorry when we sin against God and others, to seek and receive His forgiveness and others’ forgiveness, and to turn from our wrongdoing to Him and His will and ways for us. Learning in the midst of it all to love Him with all our hearts and others as ourselves whereby we despise any and all sin and crave righteousness.
Please Father teach us your ways. Give us the desire to do right in your eyes and the humility and willingness to be remorseful over our sins, to recognize our wrongs, and the willingness and desire and commitment to do what is pleasing and honoring to you, oh Lord, AMEN!
“For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6