When a criminal investigator sees signs of guilt in a suspect, he will often press for a confession by saying something like: “I know you are a good person who did something wrong; and you really want to make it right.” “If you confess, you’ll feel better and the court will go easier on you.”
Showing real remorse does influence sentencing. The sincerity of a confession is almost always taken into account by prosecutors and judges.
Many people believe that God sees confession as the first necessary step towards repentance; and that only with sincere repentance can a “sinner” receive forgiveness and leniency from God.
Actions Do More than Words
But feeling sorry for your “bad” actions is only the first step towards stopping them. Since actions speak louder than words, you can render those words null and void by doing otherwise.
Think previously apologetic offenders reoffending; or well-meaning recovering addicts reaching for their drug of choice.
Even when the “guilty” act is not something that is monitored by an Earthly judicial system, people do have second thoughts, wish it never happened, and even wish that they could make up for the harm and hurt they caused.
In such a situation, a personal apology is the first step towards alleviating the guilt, and hopefully making themselves and their victims start to feel better.
But, as in legal confessions, apologies are only acceptable to most individual victims, and to any true court of karmic jurisdiction, when they are sincere.
Confessing today and repeating the negative act tomorrow obviously doesn’t show sincerity—not to anyone who is watching—on Earth or in Heaven.
Sincerity Requires Retraining
If you want to be a better golfer (person), but don’t take lessons (learn how to do better next time), or if you do take lessons, but don’t practice and apply what you’ve learned, you won’t become that better golfer or that better person.
You won’t be showing sincerity (or repentance) to anyone, anywhere who cares.
Apologizing verbally is better socially and karmically than defiantly basking in the glory of your “bad” actions. But, a true apology only registers karmically when you’ve stop doing whatever it is you should apologize for—permanently.
An apology, and the freedom it creates, is an eternal process of mastery and growth, not a one-time verbal act.
Unless you truly work at behavioral therapy and/or at reprogramming your sub-conscious mind, you are not doing enough to literally be saved from your negative habits—socially or karmically.
Rebalancing Your Karma
Also, you don’t completely rebalance your negative karma by stopping all your negative habits—with or without what you perceive as God directing you.
If you have been stealing money, apologizing and stopping the stealing won’t be enough to rebalance the karmic debt you’ve created. You would need to work to make up for the hurt or harm you caused as directed by God within you as well.
Sometimes this repentance, this karmic rebalancing, can be done by donating or giving money, providing guidance, supporting a position, teaching a skill, praying, or some combination of all the above.
If you can’t actually do such rebalancing with the person you originally hurt, God may suggest service in general to others as the way to gain karmic freedom (Divine Forgiveness).
The Kingdom of Heaven?
You can’t ignore how you treat other people but expect to gain entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven (or karmic freedom) because you embrace Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and confess to God through a priest or through anyone else.
The Kingdom of Heaven is Higher Consciousness. It is a place in your mind and heart which supports you doing the right thing on Earth as it does in Heaven, all of the time.
Guidance on how to do the right thing in every relationship and situation only comes to you directly from God within you—through Receivership. You can’t find the answers to every specific challenge in books, even wonderful holy ones.
We are all individual souls with somewhat similar—but mostly different—paths to spiritual mastery and karmic freedom in this modern world.
Since daily life requires so many spontaneous decisions and choices, the ability to hear God’s Voice within you in the moment, all the time, no matter what—is the necessary guidance tool we all need to get there.
The Greatest Service
Jesus taught that the two most important laws are, “Love thy God with all your heart,” and “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
It would be practically impossible to do either correctly if you do not feel close to, and receive guidance from, God within you. Only God knows when kindness is cruelty and cruelty is kindness.
The greatest service you can ever do for God, and for everyone on this Earth planet, is to run your entire life as directed by God through Receivership, all the time, every step of the way, as best as you can, no matter what.
Learning Receivership and applying it in your everyday life may take time, effort and patience, but it will truly be worth it in the long run. For living as directed by God through Receivership is Re-At-One-Ment with God in action.
And Re-At-One-Ment is your ultimate permanent apology to God—and to everyone you have ever influenced or affected—in all your unconscious, semi-conscious, mortal conscious lifetimes on Earth.