We have experienced salvation and come to know Jesus Christ. We have reminded our soul of the promises of God’s abounding love and forgiving heart. He has blotted out our transgressions and refused to treat us as our sins deserve. Yet we still experience guilt. What is the problem?
For many people, the root cause is losing sight of what it truly means to give, open or surrender our hearts to Christ. Jesus warns us repeatedly about blind spots that can cover our spiritual eyes. We blindly begin to serve other masters: money, power, recognition, food, sex or a host of other idols.
Jesus says, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Luke 16:13) Unfortunately, there are many idols in our lives that can numb our soul and blind our spiritual vision. We lose sensitivity to the Spirit, because we spend so much time feeding our fleshly hungers.
In Galatians 6:8, we read: “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” No wonder we feel guilty. Many of us regularly read the promises of God’s love, but then we close the book and return to sowing to our flesh – and reaping “corruption.” How can we feel forgiven when we are investing in corrupt thoughts that lead to corrupt actions. It is impossible.
Where does this leave us? It leaves us with the old fashioned concept of repentance. Sadly, many of us today say we believe in repentance but really we are just mouthing the words: “I feel bad about my sin.” In truth, repentance has little to do with feelings or mouthing the right words; but everything to do with action. The only kind of repentance that God recognizes is the kind that cuts to the heart so deeply that we turn from sin and move towards Him. Paul writes “…your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended…” He adds: “Godly sorrow brings repentance…”
The next question, then, is this: what keeps us from embracing the kind of sorrow that leads to repentance? Join me next time to find out. God bless you.
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