Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Nearly every person has some type of sorrow in their life. Most often the sorrow has to do with something that went wrong. This can be someone did something wrong, made a bad choice, or the loss of someone or something.
Sorrow of a loss is one of the most common sorrows talked about. Everyday there are lists of people who have died and people mourning about it.
The other common sorrow is that one was caught doing something wrong, not sorrow for the wrong done.
As Paul rejoices at the Corinthian church’s repentance he states that Godly sorrow leads to salvation, while worldly sorrow only brings on death.
Most people are very quick to be sorrowful when they are caught in the act or having been proved of doing something wrong. The sorrow is not so much that they did something wrong, but that they got caught and convicted as guilty.
Having a sorrow like this, does not lead to repentance nor change, which in turn will not lead to salvation. Without repentance, God is unable to forgive a person of his sins. Without forgiveness of sins, God is unable to save a person from the consequence of those sins.
Believers who fully understand what Jesus has done for them will regret, with a Godly sorrow, each and every time any sin that they commit. They will strive to change and live for God more and more. They will allow the Holy Spirit to change them from then inside out.
Living in this way leads to life, including eternal life. It allows God to work in one’s life to make him more like Jesus every day.
Just as with everyone else you have made mistakes and sinned against God. You have made choices that were wrong, both against others and against God.
When this is revealed to you, ask yourself what are you to do now. You have a choice to make. You can be sorry that you were caught. Or you can be sorry that you sinned against God and strive to change.
Make the choice to allow God to change you into a new creation. Make the choice to turn away from ever doing that sin again. Make the choice that brings about salvation, not death.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal sins you have committed; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will have a sorrow for sins that will bring about repentance before God; and that you will know the life God has for you.
But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 1 Corinthians 11:31
People love to pay very close attention to what other people have or are doing. Many are able to describe a celebrity or even a neighbor or friend in great detail, with all of their likes, dislikes, good qualities and bad qualities.
As they are able to do this, very few will take that close of a look at their own lives. Taking time to closely examine their own lives, blinds them to their own faults and where they need to grow or change.
Paul talks about eating and drinking the communion. He tells the people that they should examine themselves very closely prior to eating it, so that they do not come under God’s judgment.
It is easy for someone to see faults in other people, because their eyes are looking outward, not inward. This is a common practice of many inside the church. God does not want His people to watch others, because each person is their own person before God.
Every believer must be willing to stand before God on his own. In order to do this, each believer must be willing to examine his own life as to whether it is in line with God’s commands or not.
Many people will claim belief in Jesus, take the communion, all while at the same time living in sin on purpose. Living in this way brings down the judgment of God upon their lives. This can be found in sickness or death, because God is trying to get ahold of their attention.
While a believer is claiming to believe in Jesus, he must be willing to examine himself closely to see if he truly does believe in and follow Jesus, and make changes as needed.
If you consider yourself a believer, take a moment to examine your life closely. Take into consideration your thoughts, words, and actions. Do all of these line up with God’s word and commands?
Most likely you have some areas to work on. Instead of ignoring these areas and living with them, ask God to help you to change. Repent and change to be more like Jesus.
As you focus on becoming more like Jesus, you allow God to remove the judgments against you. Have you examined your life today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will examine your life to see if you are living for God; that you will allow God to reveal faults in your life; that you will repent and follow God more; and that God will not find reason to judge you.
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed. Romans 2:5
Freedom to choose is something that people all over the world love to have. Many throughout the world do not always get that freedom, but still desire it. They want to be able to do what they want, how they want, and when they want, with no fear of repercussion.
Some will make their own choices, hoping that there will be no problems with it. Not looking to the future chance of paying for their choice.
Paul reprimands the people for being stubborn and unrepentant. He says that by being that way, they are storing up God’s wrath against them when He returns to judge.
At the moment a person sins against God, he immediately has a judgement of death upon his head. It is the punishment that God must give out for sinning against Him.
Although God has that sentence upon a person, He also provided for a way to be forgiven and not be given that death sentence. All it takes is for a person to repent of the sin and trust in Jesus.
Many people have chosen to repent of their sins and begin believing in Jesus, but more have chosen not to repent. They are enjoying their sins and refuse to turn away from them. This is often occurring inside the church with people who claim to believe in Jesus.
The person who goes to church and claims to believe in Jesus, but refuses to repent is storing up God’s wrath against him. There will come a day when Jesus will return and it will be a day of reckoning that they will have to pay for those sins of rebellion against God.
If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, be sure to repent of your sins. This is not just saying you are sorry, but a turning away from those sins, refusing to sin anymore.
Allow God’s Holy Spirit to change your heart and give you strength to turn from sin. The moment you purposefully choose to continue to do a sin against God’s commands, you are rejecting Jesus and bringing upon you His wrath. He does not want to strike you, but will if you refuse to repent.
Do not be stubborn, but repent of your sins and turn from them.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will turn towards God from all sins; that you will flee the temptations to sin against God; and that you will know God’s love, forgiveness and restoration in your life.