Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18
Heavenly Father, for many November 30th signals the Christmas season. While that’s true for me as well, it also begins a month where my introspective nature rehashes the previous year’s choices and looks forward with excitement to a new year. Unfortunately, this year my mind wants to focus more on failures than successes.
Lord, when I read this verse I immediately began to mentally list some of my 2014 regrets.
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. — 2 Corinthians 7:10
The more I looked at the sentence, there’s no regret for that kind of sorrow, I realized that my failures had led me to repentance and that’s a good thing. Lord, my feelings of failure, worthlessness, and worldly sorrow aren’t coming from You.
Jesus, Your Word tells me You are kind, tolerant, and patient with me:
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? –Romans 2:4
You do not condemn me.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1
Godly sorrow is tender, thankful, and hopeful not self-deprecating, unworthy, and embarrassing.
Holy Spirit, when negative thoughts cloud my thinking help me to ask myself, are these thoughts…
If the answer is “no,” give me the boldness to knock down the stronghold of human reasoning and destroy false arguments.
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. –2 Corinthians 10:3-6
If the answer is yes, then may I have godly sorrow that will destroy every proud obstacle that would attempt to keep me from knowing You.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12