Sorrow is a healed wound, while guilt is an unhealed wound.
Too often sorrow paralyzes believers, and guilt keeps unbelievers from knowing that God forgives. Here is a perspective that I think helps believers and unbelievers.
Godly sorrow for the unbeliever is such that since they do not recognize a need for God, God does not impose or offer a Godly solution other than faith in God. Should the unbeliever come in faith, than all of Heaven’s grace and mercy washes away their sin and they are whiter than snow.
Ps 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Godly sorrow for the believer is such that from Heavens perspective forgiveness completely heals a wound for a believer. But, for the believer’s earthly view it may feel like an unhealed wound for they have not fully accepted God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is pure, perfect, and complete. They may need to take steps such as making the wrong right with the one harmed, but thereafter the believer needs to understand that if God has forgiven you than you can also forgive yourself…otherwise grace is diminished.
Heb 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
As to guilt, for the unbeliever it is always an unhealed wound, for they have not surrendered to God’s grace and mercy and therefore grace and mercy has not been given or received.
Col 2:13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
As to guilt for the believer, it is sin that is unconfessed and fellowship with God has been lost. Confession rights that loss of fellowship.
1 Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A cleansed wound is a healed wound, whether by confession of the believer or submission in faith of the unbeliever.
Published on Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 4:14 AM CDT