... a weekly letter of encouragement.
October 18, 1993
There are a lot of people walking around who are feeling sorry over their sins. Some will end up in heaven and some in hell. Why the difference? Perhaps II Corinthians 7:10 will give us insight:
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation...but worldly sorrow brings death."
Both Peter and Judas expressed sorrow for their actions: Peter for denying Christ and Judas for betraying Christ.
Peter ended up in heaven and Judas in hell.
Peter's "godly sorrow" was the true repentance described in Matthew 3:2:
"Change your mind"
"Regretting your sins"
"Changing your conduct" (Amplified New Testament)
Judas' "worldly sorrow," on the other hand was tied to his bitterness and resentment, and perhaps to his embarrassment over getting caught.
Peter went on to become one of the world's greatest exponents of Christianity.
Judas hung himself.
In our daily struggle with sin we might ask ourselves if our sorrow is related to:
The inconvenience brought about by our actions. Or:
Our profound awareness that we have offended a holy God.
We should make sure we know the answer to that question because the quality of our sorrow over our sins has eternal consequences:
Heaven or Hell.
Have a great week!
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