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.
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. Romans 9:2
Having great sorrow in a heart is very common to many people. Often it is due to a loss of a loved or some other type of loss–such as job loss, health, money, things, or friends.
Many in the world do not know how to deal with extreme sorrow and anguish in the heart. It tears them up and destroys their days. Some will try to end the sorrow by choosing suicide over life.
Paul promises that he has great sorrow and anguish in his heart. This sorrow is over the Jewish Israelites who are rejecting Christ and are cut off from life.
No matter where a person lives in this world, if he is a believer and follower of Jesus, he knows someone who is not a believer. This is something that occurs in every nation, city, town, and countryside around the entire world. No place is immune to it.
Sadly many believers are numb to the fact that most people they meet are not believers. People in the church have grown used to the idea that the world, as a whole, does not believe in Jesus and are dying, going to hell. It does not affect their heart.
The believer who is running after God and has an understanding of His heart, will also have a heart that breaks in sorrow for those who are lost. He will see the lost as dying and with no hope and he will weep over what he is seeing.
That sorrow can be used by God to motivate the believer to be His witness to those dying. It will help him realize that there is a great need to get the gospel message out to as many people as possible, because people are dying with Christ.
As a believer, someone had taken the time to tell you about Jesus. Look around you and see how many more people still need to hear about Jesus. See the world as God sees it, people dying without true life.
You have the message that the world needs to hear and they need to hear it today. Allow your heart to break at the death that is occurring right before your eyes, and then let it motivate you to tell more people about Jesus. Give them a chance to believe.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the world as God sees it; that you will see the people dying who need Jesus and weep in your heart; and that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus.