Matt. 27:3-4 - Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." NASU
And he owns up to his mistake the text says, "…he felt remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver…saying, 'I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.' "
Judas owned his mistake. He confessed that he had sinned by betraying Jesus the One who was innocent.
You must identify your mistake or your sin. Judas said, "he had sinned by betraying innocent blood."
The Greek word for "sin" is "harmatano" and it means to "miss the mark." Judas had missed the mark as we all have done. He identifies what sinned he has committed and that is an example for us.
When you have sinned or made a mistake name it or own it.
The mark that he missed was being "loyal" to the One who was innocent.
What "mark" have you missed?
Does everything have to be your way?
Have you allowed your arrogance to rule your life?
Have you missed the mark of being honest, being faithful, or being loving?
Are you the kind that will not listen to anyone because you are always right?
Judas would not listen to the lessons that Jesus had been teaching and because he would not listen he betrayed innocent blood.
Notice what Solomon says in Prov. 1:5 - "A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel…" NASU
A wise man will HEAR. In other words he will "LISTEN".
If you will hear or listen to others you may find that you don't make as many mistakes in life.
James 5:16 - Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. NASU
Who should you confess your sins to?
First, and foremost is the person you sinned against if that is possible.
Then I would recommend one of your close friends. One who will help keep you accountable and keep something like this from happening again to you.
Think On These:
There is more hope for a confessed sinner than a conceited saint.
Few things in life are more difficult for some people than admitting a mistake.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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