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Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10, NIV)

GUILT vs. SHAME

Guilta godly sorrow that results in repentance and a change in heart and practice
Shamefeeling bad because something you’ve done is not socially accepted or feeling bad because your “wrong” has been found out.

We’re all in a battle. It’s called spiritual warfare for our souls. The good thing is God has already won the battle; the other side is we still have to live in this world fighting against principalities and rulers of this world. Satan and his demon friends are trying to annihilate us day by day, bringing up our past failures, wrongs, and troubles.

What our enemy seeks to do is keep us in a state of shame when we’ve wronged God (Genesis 4:5). However, we have an example in David who acknowledged his sin, confessed that his sin was against God and earnestly prayed for repentance (Psalm 51).

Guilt produces a changed heart. 
Shame produces a corrupted hole.
Guilt leads us toward reconciliation with God. 
Shame leads us toward reckless indignation.
Guilt acknowledges and releases the sin. 
Shame adopts and revels in the sin.
Guilt mobilizes you to do better.
Shame immobilizes you to do nothing.

What’s leading you toward a right relationship with God? Are you holding on to things (i.e., failures, wrongdoing, persecutions, blame) that you should repent of and/or move on from? Deliberating and grazing too long in shame leads to fear, indignation, revenge, and death. Stop meditating on something that has been washed away (sin), and remove those lingering thoughts of disappointment. Free yourself from the stronghold of shame. Activate your faith and trust the Lord to bring you through to wholeness and salvation!

Scriptures to Reflect on:

Micah 7:19
Hebrews 10:22
Psalm 103:12
2 Corinthians 5:17


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