A recent visitor commented: "I know that to be forgiven, we must come to God with a humble and sorrowful heart. But my problem is that I cannot sense when I am sorrowful enough to receive forgiveness from God."
That message obviously comes from a humble and contrite heart, and that is a marvelous Christian trait!
However, if it were to be as suggested, that our sins can be forgiven based only upon how remorseful we are, then perhaps we should ask:
How much sorrow and regret does God require before extending forgiveness?! What is this unidentified level?
When Christians sin and then come to terms with what they have done they usually do so with a sense of guilt.
I certainly believe that sorrow and remorse for sin should prompt Christians to seek forgiveness. But I am not aware of scripture that designates a level of (pain and guilt) that must be experienced before mercy is extended.
If we go by feelings to decide when our sins are forgiven, how do we know when we reach an acceptable level of true repentance and spiritual sorrow?
Christians doing bodily harm to themselves, causing pain to their bodies and emotions is abhorrent to God. So how far are we to carry our remorse?
Punishing our soul through self-induced guilt and torment to receive forgiveness is a waste of time, and even sinful. Punishing ourselves is not the way we receive forgiveness.
Receiving God's forgiveness does not depend on how much emotional pain we can cause ourselves to feel.
Because emotion will not bring forgiveness and peace; that will come from our request to God for forgiveness, rested upon our faith in what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
You Must be Born Again:
Jesus Our Advocate:
"God knows all about your sins, and yet loves you immeasurably." He dotes on you, and according to Psalm 139, He knows your thoughts and the next words before they are spoken.
According to Jesus, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and all your needs even before you ask, Luke 12:7), (Matt 6:8).
He knows all your strengths and weaknesses and will not expect more than you can deliver; He will be with you and never place more on you than you can bear. (2 Cor 12:9)
God loves Sinners more than He hates their sins. He also knows that regardless of how hard they try, they will still sin.
Jesus endured all the temptations to sin, yet is the only one who ever lived a sinless life.
God, knowing that mankind could not be sinless, loves us so that He sent Jesus, the "Lamb of God," to die in our place.
Christians may have rightfully suffered guilt and remorse for their sins, but to do so after receiving forgiveness is not helpful.
Confidence in receiving forgiveness comes by faith and trust in Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross.