Godly Sorrow

Godly Sorrow

 

2 Corinthians 7: 9 – 16

The English dictionary defines sorrow as a feeling of great sadness because something very bad has happened. Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation. Godly Sorrow refers to the sorrow for our sins that result in a changed behaviour. Many people are sorry only for the effect of their sins or for being caught. That is not godly sorrow but the sorrow of the world. Let us compare these two: Peter’s remorse for denying Jesus three times (Matt. 26: 69 – 74) and repentance with Judas’ bitterness and the act of his suicide (Matt. 27: 3 – 9). Both disciples disowned Christ. Peter repented and was restored to faith and service, while Judas took his own life.

Rev. 2: 4 – 5
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp-stand from its place – unless you repent.” Where is your first love with God? What has happened to you? Or who bewitched you that you left your first love (God) so soon?

Just as when a man and a woman fall in love, so also new believers rejoice at their new found forgiveness. But when we lose sight of the seriousness of sin, we begin to lose the thrill of forgiveness (2 Peter 2:1-9). For Jesus to remove your lamp-stand from its place would mean that God would cease to be spiritually relevant in your life.

Do you still sorrow over your sin? If not, your lamp-stand has been removed. It does not matter how many years you have professed Christianity. It does not matter how many years you have been a leader, preacher or a pastor. “If you can sorrow for your sin and repent, He is faithful and just to cleanse you from your sins” 1 John 1: 8-9. Repent now for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

MEMORY VERSE:
2 Corinthians 7:11 “For observe this very thing that you sorrowed in a godly manner. What diligence it produced in you. What clearing of yourself, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire… matter.”

PRAYER:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

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