Godly sorrow should compel one to repent (turn away from sin and towards God). The Apostle Paul states, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death (2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV). We have to also be sensitive to other’s sense of self and emotional well-being and not make them feel more condemned than what they may already feel. God many times uses us as His hands and feet. People can be drawn towards us and this is a great opportunity to witness the love, correction, and forgiveness of God. Usually when someone approaches you feeling sorry or convicted of doing wrong, they are crying out already.
A counselor, friend, family member or minister, we can challenge ourselves and other people to think critically and analytically about our/their choices and consider all the possible outcomes and how these outcomes will affect others around us, and we being the first partaker of this advice. Let’s keep it real; tell the truth; and shame the devil. This attempt or confrontational approach may help one to feel more independent in their decision making and seem less threatening.
It is important that one is aware of their tendencies in order not to offend or come off as being arrogant, judgmental or condescending, especially if he/she is used to being direct when confronting sinful behavior in other people. This approach of course, uses the skill and capacity to be both empathic and direct with “self” and others. As we come to God by placing ourselves on the altar and being transparent, we must remember that God is a forgiving God, and if any of us are in Christ (saved/child of God) and have become a new “born again” creation, we know that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus! Period!
If we have a God-conscience then we should experience feelings of:
Conviction; feeling sorry, knowing that we did wrong,Forgiveness; wanting to forgive someone eventually who wronged us, Thought; analyze and critically think about the behavior from either side, and the reasons/causes, Truth; remembering what the Word of God says and accepting the chastisement, Fear/Reverence; respecting God, and Self-revelation; aware of own sinful inclinations, all leading to a PRAYER OF REPENTANCE!
Just a little something to think about…