I’m looking to work towards this. I’m making this act:
“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, My God, Who are All-Good and deserving of all my Love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your Grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.”
How can I more carefully understand what it means to be truly sorry, and what it means to detest what I’ve done.
Are there any Bible verses/books I can read over to help this?
What I’m confused about is that I enjoyed the sins while I was doing them (masturbation, lust, viewing pornography), but afterward I’m always ashamed…but I don’t know if that means I’m sorry. I try not to fall again, but sometimes I do. Does that mean I wasn’t sorry?
I want to change. It’s very hard though.