THE STORY OF JESUS: Matthew 27:1-5
“Judas was seized with remorse, ‘I have sinned, for I have betrayed innocent blood.'” (Matthew 27:3-4)
My experience is that this is how one feels after doing something sinful.
Someone once said the Devil speaks in two voices: he entices with sweetness and accuses with shame.
During temptation he plants thoughts that are so appealing, enticing, alluring.
But afterwards you feel sick for what you have done, and the Tempter becomes the Accuser.
How did Adam and Eve feel about the forbidden fruit before they ate it… and after?
From sweetness to shame, from desire to despair.
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23); this doesn’t just mean that God punishes sinners with death.
Already in that moment of shame, a despair that feels like dying naturally grips the soul.
Judas’ shame and sadness lead to the despair of death, and he takes his own life.
Judas is an example for all of us for what happens when we feed our sinful desires.
I know from experience how the Enemy first tempts, then accuses, and drives to despair.
I sense the Lord urging me to see the ways my sinful attitudes or behaviors are killing me.
As a Jesus follower, I choose to hear Jesus’ voice of mercy, not Satan’s accusations of defeat.
I mess up, I fail, but my Saviour never does, never will… His mercy is forever!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, may I feel remorse, but not get stuck there. Seize my heart with mercy when I see my sin for what it is. May I hear You more than Satan, and hang on to hope!