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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 13, 2012 - Remorse

By Alex Bryant

Have you ever been wronged by someone? OK, that’s a silly question. All of us have been wronged by someone at some point. But have you ever known someone who did you wrong and then said sorry, but you knew they didn’t mean it? That’s the worst!

I remember getting straight up and down cheated by a guy one time. When he was confronted about it, he called and offered me a cavalier apology and asked if I forgave him. Then he immediately hung up. I don’t believe he was truly sorry. His apology was shallow, his words were abrupt, and there didn’t appear to be any remorse in his heart!

Remorse — that’s what indicates true repentance. The dictionary definition of remorse is “a deep and painful regret for wrongdoing.”

The best biblical example of true remorse would be that of King David. When he committed the sins of adultery and murder, he was absolutely remorseful. The Bible says that as soon as the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin, David acknowledged his sin and repented. We can then read his words of remorse in Psalm 51. David humbled himself, acknowledged his sin and asked for mercy. He realized he needed to be restored by the One against whom he had sinned — God.

David is called a man after God’s own heart. Why? David understood remorse! In God’s eyes, no sin is beyond the reach of His grace and forgiveness. He realizes everyone has sinned and will sin. But He is concerned with the condition of your heart in response to the conviction He offers.

David wrote in Psalm 51:16,17, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (NIV).

We would be wise to follow David’s lead. When you sin, check your heart. Are you showing a deep and painful regret for the wrongdoing? That’s remorse. And that’s your road to restoration.

— Alex Bryant serves as college and young adults pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Fla.

 

 

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