SORRY, NOT SORRY. This is often the heart condition of someone who says they’ve “repented”. This is not true, Godly repentance. We have a whole generation of Narcissistic people who purport to be “sorry”, but their actions never change. Maybe you are “sorry”, but are you “sorrowful” over your sinful actions?
In the OT, someone who was truly sorrowful for sin would repent in “sack cloth and ashes”. It was a sign of mourning, so they would mourn and grieve over sin. Often it was the prophet who felt the heart of God and the grief He felt over the sins of the people. Jesus says that our life would reflect true repentance, “Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart];” Matthew 3:8 Repentance cuts the person deep in the heart as a circumcision of dead flesh being removed and there is a revelation that they have sinned against God and others. It’s the heart of the prodigal who says, “I am not even worthy to be called Your son”. The heart of Zacchaeus who proclaimed, “I will pay back everyone I’ve wronged, four times as much!”
There can be no reconciliation with God or with others unless there is true repentance. If someone demands place back in your life, you can be sure they have not repented; but someone who cries out, “let me just sit by you and wash your feet!” You can be sure has a broken heart over sin. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise.” #runyourrace
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