Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Seized With Remorse

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. (Matthew 27:3)

A thief who stole a woman's wallet in a New Hampshire supermarket showed up at her door 8 days later to return $90 and a GPS, and brought an apology letter too. The woman said she was surprised to see a stranger at the door and found it even more strange when the man said he was sorry, returned her belongings, gave her the long letter and ran away. Perhaps he found something in her wallet that made him remorseful and prompted him to give back her belongings. But would he be justified if he stole again?

Judas was seized with remorse when he saw that Jesus was condemned, but instead of going to Jesus and asking for forgiveness, he chose to go to the chief priests and the elders and returned the thirty silver coins for which he had betrayed Jesus.
"I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility." (Matthew 27:4)

Deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed is good, but it must lead to seeking forgiveness and repentance which truly means turning away from the wrong done. Then and only then does remorse matter.

Judas could have approached the one who really could do away with his guilt i.e.Jesus, but instead he carried his guilt and seeing that he was no longer in favor with the chief priests, went away and hanged himself. (Matthew 27:5)

It's never too late to go to the Savior and ask for forgiveness for one's sins. The sooner, the better.

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