Today’s Moment in Proverbs comes from my daughter, Rebekah's, Birthday Proverbs. Rebekah is such a delight to her father and me! Therefore, I asked Bekah what verse was her favorite and decided I would share that with you today! I pray that it is a blessing to you. May you be encouraged to seek Wisdom!
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood
What an encouragement this passage is! We all fall into sin and temptation yet with repentance and by His mercy, we rise up again! While our enemy may rejoice when he sees us fall we know that God will lift us up when we humble our hearts before him and repent. Children need to see this lived out in their home. They need to discover the difference between repentance and remorse. They need to be offered mercy when they humble themselves and repent of their wrong doing. Children need to experience the same forgiveness that you and I experience when we go to the Cross. How are you doing in this area of your home? Do you fully understand the difference between repentance and remorse? Over the years, we have noted that most parents haven't considered the difference. I encourage you to take all the time needed and teach your children the difference so they too can rise up no matter how many times they stumble!
Repentance: Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin. (American Dictionary of the English Language Noah Webster 1828)
Remorse: The keen pain or anguish excited by a sense of guilt; compunction of conscience for a crime committed. Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion (American Dictionary of the English Language Noah Webster 1828)
No where in the Scriptures are we called to remorse. We are however, called to repentance! Why? What's the difference? Repentance is a sorrow for sin, an acknowledgement that my conduct caused someone else harm or inconvenience. It is truly being grieved by what I did and not simply the reactions to what I did. Repentance leads me to reject my sin and not simply be sorry for my sin!
Dear friend, take time to pray for creative ideas as you train your children in repentance then take the time to do as He leads! You won't be disappointed!~