Happy Friday Saints.
The Amplified Version of James 4:9 says, “BE MISERABLE AND GRIEVE AND WEEP OVER YOUR SIN. LET YOUR FOOLISH LAUGHTER BE TURNED TO MOURNING AND YOUR RECKLESS JOY TO GLOOM.”
It’s one thing to forget the past so that we can move forward; it’s another thing entirely to ignore our sins, dismiss them, and pretend like they never happened.
When we avoid the disappointment that often accompanies our sins and failures, we are destined to repeat them.
Before you move on from the past, it’s good to own your faults – to feel the disappointment and suffer the spiritual disturbance of sin.
Too often, we try to numb our negative emotions and cover our sins and failures without taking any responsibility for our actions. We intoxicate our shame with drugs and alcohol; daze our conscience with deception, and dull our remorse with positive thinking. But the cover-ups won’t inspire us to repent and change our behaviour.
When you own your sinful behaviours and GRIEVE AND WEEP OVER SIN, the sorrowful emotions will unsettle you into changing your conduct.
2Cornithians 7:10 tells us that “THE KIND OF SORROW GOD WANTS US TO EXPERIENCE LEADS US AWAY FROM SIN AND RESULTS IN SALVATION. THERE’S NO REGRET FOR THAT KIND OF SORROW. BUT WORLDLY SORROW, WHICH LACKS REPENTANCE, RESULTS IN SPIRITUAL DEATH.”
Godly sorrow produces repentance. It results in change. And when you own your wrongs and embrace the remorse – you won’t regret the sorrow you experienced because it will be the catalyst for change.
It’s about hating sin and its consequences so much that you don’t want to repeat it. When someone thinks that sin is OK and that it’s not so bad – they won’t repent and change.
So, if you’ve got some habitual sins that you’ve been struggling with – you may need to take a hard look at yourself, GRIEVE AND WEEP OVER YOUR SIN and let your sorrow LEAD YOU AWAY to a place of repentance and true inner peace.
Have a great weekend. God bless and lots’a love,