Monday, August 09, 2004

Godly Sorrow
a follow-up to Thursday's post

"...yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us." 2 Corinthians 7:9

Sorrow isn't an emotion that's comfortable. It's not something that we wish on ourselves or our loved ones. Yet it is the instrument that God uses to change us -- not for the sake of change itself, but to change us to be more His.

The Christian life starts with this Godly Sorrow, which leads us to repent of our sins and look to Him to cleanse us and lead us. Without this sorrow, we do not see the need for Him. We do not see that we have hurt Him.

There is love in this sorrow -- if it is truly Godly sorrow. We hate the fact that we have hurt the One that has loved us so immensely. We love Him because He first loved us. We realize this love when we come to the point of salvation, which involves repentance.

And our Christian growth -- the process of sanctification -- includes one episode after another where we grieve for our shortfalls.

This is sweet sorrow -- the pains of growth in Christ. However, we can bring bitter sorrow on ourselves through disobedience -- rebellion -- living by the flesh.

Yet we rejoice, because we realize that God has made the provision for us. Jesus Christ has made it possible to move past our imperfections, past the sorrow of our sin, and into the joyful relationship that is eternal life.


At 11:26 PM, Blogger Len said...

As I came into the sanctuary Sunday I noticed one of our Acylotes crying. She's the daugther of one of
my prayer partners and normally sits near me during the service each Sunday. I inquired of her mother if I might see what I could do, knowing the time before the service was short and having only a little clute as
what the problem was. With her mother's permission, I when to the young girls side and asked her to simply put her head on my shoulder and could her cry. It turned out she was being forced to sing with the little kids (she just turned 13) while also being asked to be an Acylote. Her sorrow was of her own making. She had
no joy in her heart for singing to the Lord. About all I could do was emphatize with here for feeling overloaded but remind her that she was signing to the Lord and not to or for anyone else and that he desired her praise but if there was no joy in her heart then she shouldn't sign but simply serve in her capacity as an Acylote.
Did her sorrow cause her to change. I don't know. Did she know that she was loved, yes. Did she grow. I hope so.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This teenage little girl, she was immature and so she is a good example of what we are when we begin our spiritual walk with God: crying when we don't like what he hands us....but as we grow (just like she will) we will understand why God had us in that uncomfortable position in the first place. Just my thoughts.....


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