“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight …” (Psalm 51:4)
Feeling stupid and ashamed over something we’ve done wrong doesn’t necessarily lead to repentance or change. We can beat ourselves up until we’re black and blue and it will get us nowhere, except a ditch of depression. Judas hung himself over his stupidity. To get back on our feet and to really change requires godly sorrow.
We must consider not only what our actions have done to us, or even others, but what they have done to God. Sin is against God. To be truly restored we must reckon with what we have done “in His sight;” and then we must humbly receive the mercies of a God who delights more in showing us mercy than judgment.
Put down your whip. He who knew no sin wore enough stripes to heal you.