Sorry vs. wrong . . .

“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret…” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

How many times have you told someone you were sorry for something, but you didn’t really mean it? Most people regret getting caught, not what they did wrong. Just uttering the word, “Sorry,” is not genuine repentance. If you want forgiveness, admit you were wrong, change your attitude, and learn from the experience. Think about what you should have done instead, and ask for My help to avoid repeating the same mistake.

Now What? Pray: “Lord, I don’t want to rebel against your teachings because it only leads to conflict and sorrow. Convict my heart now with the name of a person I have wronged. Give me the courage to admit my shortcomings to you first, then to ask forgiveness from that individual. Thank you, Lord, for loving me and for offering second chances.”

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How do you handle being sorry?

by Lisa Cheater

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An award-winning professional writer, Lisa is founder and CEO of The Penstock Group, Inc., a communications firm that specializes in film and print. With more than 20 years experience in business to business writing and visual media, Lisa’s published work includes trade reports, industry articles, and short stories.

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