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Godly sorrow leads to repentance!

Scripture reading for August 6th: 2nd Corinthians 7, Psalm 6, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 2:9-11 “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting.  For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment!  At every point you proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”

Paul had sent a letter to the Corinthian church urging repentance from a sin that the church had committed.  The letter was hard for him to write as he was concerned with how they would respond.  But Paul wrote it anyway because they needed to respond.   But Paul got a report of the church responding with godly sorrow and true repentance that lead to life and peace.  He rejoiced in their decision and God’s grace proven by true actions resulting in changed behavior.

Faith Confession: I am thankful for life-giving rebukes by those who care for my soul.  Lord help me to always respond with godly sorrow and actions of those who truly repent.

Proverbs 2:6-8 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.”  

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Godly grief and repentance.

Scripture reading for August 6th:  Psalm 72-75, 2nd Corinthians 7

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 7:9-11 “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting.  For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment!  At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”  

Paul was rejoicing because his difficult letter of correction had resulted in a godly grief over their sin and resulted in true repentance.  Sometimes, people can have worldly grief.  This is usually being sorry that they were found out.  This results in no change of heart or mind and eventually spiritual death and eternal separation from God.  Godly sorrow brings life and restoration.

Psalm 75:1-2  “We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your Name is near.  We recount Your wondrous deeds.  “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.””

Prayer:  Lord, correct me and convict me when I need it.  Bring godly sorrow that leads me always to repentance and life.  May I stand in Your grace when I face You as judge.  Amen.

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Godly sorrow brings repentance!

Scripture reading for August 5th:  2nd Corinthians 7

Key scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 7:9-11  “. . .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.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  See what this godly sorrow has produced in you:  what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.  At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.”  

Repentance is a word that is not always understood in the Christian community.  It is often associated with sorrow and sadness concerning something that has caused brokenness or harm to another or to us.  Sometimes, we feel that the sorrow is what God wants and continue to live under a spirit of oppression or depression because of what we have done.  But God wants to set us free from condemnation through conviction of sin which brings the ‘godly sorrow’ that leads us to Christ for His mercy and cleansing.  This delivers us from guilt and shame and enables us to change our action, attitudes and character to be more like Christ!

Observations for over-comers:  Repentance and cleansing are a part of normal growth in the lives of over-comers as we allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and separate us from sin and its grip on our lives.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from Your Presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.”  (Psalm 51:10-12)

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