Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18
“Jeremy, tell Allison you’re sorry!”
Jeremy muffled under his breath, “sorry.”
Then in my “Mom” voice I sternly said, “Nope, that’s not good enough.”
“Say it like this: ‘Allison, I’m sorry for ___________. Please forgive me.’”
Jeremy would grudgingly mouth the words. Was he really sorry? At that time, probably not.
When is the last time you told God you were sorry?
How did you say it?
What did your body language say?
Were you really sorry?
Were you just going through the motions?
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 7:10-11
Godly sorrow, is this a worn-out term that’s no longer relevant for today’s “educated and intellectual culture?”
I say a very loud “NO!”
Do we really believe God sees and disapproves of our sinful behavior (and we all have it, by the way)?
I remember a time in my life when I was completely deceived. No, I wasn’t a young Christian, I knew better. I was like Eve in the garden… Satan said, “God really didn’t mean “that” was a sin. Try it, you’ll like it.”
I bit the apple. The funny thing about it… I was so deceived that I didn’t feel bad about it. I knew the Word of God. I knew this was one of those black and white areas of the Bible; there was no question about God’s stand on this topic. But somehow I thought, “This situation is different, it’ll be okay.”
There was no sorrow and certainly no godly sorrow.
… Some time had passed and the Holy Spirit began to show me my sinful state. It was like a supernatural magnifying mirror, you know one of those kinds that show every wrinkle, bump, and imperfection.
With tear-filled eyes I can say that the godly sorrow came that day. The depth of God’s disappointment hit me in a way I’d never felt before; it felt like physical pain.
“Sorry” wasn’t good enough for this situation. I spent days and weeks journaling, crying, and grieving over my sin. Yes, the Lord forgave me as soon as I asked but my sorrow over my sin still lingers today.
There is no regret for this kind of sorrow…it led me away from sin and to true repentance.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your conviction. Thank you for your forgiveness. Please continue to show me the things in my life that aren’t pleasing to you. Lord, use me for Your Glory, in spite of my failings and shortcomings.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
If you have a couple of extra minutes read Psalm 51. King David gave us a great example of godly sorrow:
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,[a]
And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12