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Guilt or Godly Sorrow?

A race car driver might tell you one important aspect of racing is to always keep your eyes focused on the right thing. When navigating through an obstacle course at high speeds, you have to keep your eyes on where you want the car to be next, not on the cones you are trying to avoid.

In Philippians 3, Paul tells us the same thing about the way we steer our lives. Our natural tendency is to sin and then spend a significant amount of time feeling guilty and trying to focus on ‘not doing that again.’  The Bible tells us, however, to “[forget] what is behind and [strain] toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13).

We confuse guilt (which is crippling) with godly sorrow (which is encouraged). 2 Corinthians 7:10 tells us that “godly sorrow brings repentance." Repentance is confessing our sin and leaving it at the foot of the cross. To get to the place Jesus wants us to be, we have to make that place our focus instead of the obstacles in our way. If we want to avoid the cones, we must leave them in our rear-view mirror as we strive for what lies ahead.


  • What is the difference between guilt and godly sorrow? How can you turn any guilt you have into godly sorrow?
  • What obstacles are keeping you from focusing on what lies ahead?

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