Thank you Lord for another day where we can worship and praise the Lord. This morning we ask you to bless and sanctify us as we look to You who has brought us to this place in our lives.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. — 2 Corinthians 7:10
Most people think that the words guilt and shame mean the same thing. But in fact, they are very different, and they bring different outcomes in our lives.
Guilt is what Paul called “godly sorrow” because it’s the feeling we get when we’ve done something wrong. We do feel guilty at times when we do wrong. We feel guilty when we do wrong to others. In other words we “feel bad” of the things we do wrong. So we come to Him and ask forgiveness by repenting of our wrongs.
God uses guilt to bring about repentance in our lives.
Repentance means that we agree with God and have come clean about our mistakes. When we repent, we are telling God we don’t want to continue doing something unpleasing to Him and are asking Him to help us stop. It doesn’t mean we are perfect, but it does mean we have taken action to be right with God. We repent because we are convicted of something and we feel guilty of that wrong. You may remember growing up as a child the fear of guilt after doing wrong, and approaching your parents (mother).
Shame, on the other hand, is worldly sorrow. Shame says there is something wrong with us. Sometimes we heap it on ourselves; other times it’s put on us by others. Shame is unlike guilt in that it doesn’t lead us to repentance. Instead of drawing us closer to God, it causes us to walk away from him. Shame says, “You’re not good enough.” when Adam and Eve sinned what did they do. They hid from the presence of God. They did something wrong and they were ashamed. This was very different from guilt.
When we do the wrong thing, God’s Spirit will convict us of our wrongdoing. He will lovingly guide us back to a relationship with Him. Once we repent of our sin, he forgives us and the guilt goes away. Christ died for that sin. He covered it. We don’t have to hold on to it anymore and feel ashamed. So today my brothers and sisters you must not carry the weight of shame. There is an avenue to rid yourself of that weight. If another person cause you to feel ashamed of something you have not done. There is a place you can deal with it. Leave it to the foot of the cross.
Have you been haunted by shame? Have you heaped it on yourself? Have others piled it on you? Remember that shame is never from the Lord. He never says, “You’re not good enough”. He says, “I laid down my life for you because you are so valuable to Me!” Today, let’s kick shame to the curb and take our guilt to the Lord and ask Him to wash us clean. This is a clear chance for you to make amends and turn a new page. We cannot continue with this weight. We are not going to carry this anymore.
Lord God, thank You for showing me how to deal with the guilt in my life. And thank You for showing me that shame has no place in my relationship with You. Thank you for Calvary and Your blood stained banner. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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