They say it “never rains in California.” However, I can be sure it will if I have just cleaned my windows! Serves me right for believing the weather report. Cleaning windows is not my favorite activity, especially since I cannot seem to avoid the streaks. I have special products that say right on the label that streaks will not be a problem. I have all the special equipment and recommended technique at my fingertips. And although the windows are clean, those streaks seem unavoidable and I try hard not to see them.
Today’s verse contrasts a worldly sorrow for sin and a godly sorrow The worldly sorrow not only brings death but leaves behind streaks of regret. The godly sorrow leads to salvation and leaves behind no regrets. When forgiveness is full and complete, guilty feelings need not be present. He has promised to remove our sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). He remembers our sins no more (Is. 43:25). By contrast, those who try to self-clean and bypass sincere repentance to a holy God, will daily live with guilt and regret for an unforgiven past.
I will admit to that little voice in my head that reminds and accuses. But I know it does not come from Him! Of course I regret my past sins, but He does not even remember them! His love does not waver and His grace is greater than all my sins put together! When I do struggle with thoughts of past failures I cling hard and fast to His unmerited favor! It’s gone. It’s done. He took care of all of it!
Thank you Lord, for forgiveness that frees me from guilt!