Wednesday, October 03, 2012
There is a difference between repentance and remorse. Remorse is being sorry you got caught. For example, if you were to rob a bank, get away with it for awhile, and then are arrested, you are remorseful. Why? Because you got caught.Repentance is not the road to forgiveness, it is the road to change.
Judas Iscariot was remorseful about his betrayal of Jesus. He knew Jesus was innocent. He knew what he did was wrong. And if he was repentant, he still could have turned to Jesus.
We all feel guilty from time to time, and that results in remorse - but real repentance is a different matter. How willing are you to look at yourself squarely and say "God I need to be different - please make it so."
Like the de-dragoning of Eustace, it is going to hurt. Be prepared.