Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Thought I did regret it I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while 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. ( 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 NIV)
It’s a beautiful thing to know that your life experiences were all part of God’s master plan for you.
He intended to bring you to your knees and into full submission.
His goal for you is to surrender your all.
YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR GUILT, YOUR SHAME, YOUR HURTS,
YOUR PAST, YOUR ADDICTIONS, YOUR FEARS,
YOUR FINANCES, YOUR DREAMS, YOUR HOPES…
If you lose your job today Jesus do not want you to ball up into a fetal position and do nothing.
If your husband walks out on your family He don’t want you to have a pity party.
We all have something we are ashamed of.
But I tell you right now in the name of Jesus!
Let it GO!
SHUT the DOOR!
You do not have to carry guilt or shame with you any longer.
You can stop feeling sorry for yourself.
You must stop worrying what others think of you.
Your sorrows are only for a season.
The scripture reads,.. but only for a little while.
THERE IS JOY IN THE MORNING!
Our LORD wants to take your sorrows and shine light on it.
That’s why He offers you a NEW LIFE.
A life of joy and peace!
A life of abundance and grace!
A life of victory and favor!
But it’s going to take some hard work and some pain.
You have to confess some things.
You have to experience some things.
This means admitting that you aren’t always right.
It means accepting the fact not everyone going to forgive you.
Saints, it’s time to stop playing Christians and time to start living it.
It’s time we start taking the spiritual principles that are embedded in the bible and start applying them to our lives.
To do this, we can’t be afraid to look at our faults.
Each of us know there is room for improvement in our lives but we shy away from criticism.
In the scripture Paul at first felt bad for writing the Church in Corinth a letter confronting them about how they were living.
Jesus is more concerned with how we are living than anything else.
I personally do not like when someone calls me on my stuff.
When someone wants me to look at how I’m living I sometimes take it personal and feel attacked.
I quickly become defensive and attack back or withdraw.
Have you ever notice God always use people closes to us to confront us with constructive criticism?
You ever wonder why?
Because people closes to us see us for who we really are.
Not only that, they see our potentials and want to help us reach them.
They see past our false images, fears, insecurities, and the pride we’ve been hiding behind all our lives.
So I understand the Corinthians when they felt sorrow and hurt.
But their pain did not cause them to turn away from Jesus.
It did not cause them to flee, freeze or fight.
Instead, it caused them to turn towards Him.
In other words, it caused them to repent.
That’s the difference between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow.
People feel worldly sorrow when they are caught and usually they continue inflicting harm.
They try harder to learn a better way to get away with what they are doing.
But when people feel godly sorrow they want to change.
It was the Corinthians’ godly sorrow which made Paul rejoice after writing the letter.
Their sorrow in itself was not the cause of his rejoicing but the effect of it…
REPENTANCE UNTO SALVATION!
Their pain caused them to take a personal inventory on their beliefs, motives and attitudes.
God will put a desire in your heart to do the right thing for the right reason regardless of how you feel.
Godly sorrow will cause you to come to the conclusion that you’re not who you thought you were.
Have this ever happened to you?
Have you ever thought because you read your bible daily and go to Church faithfully you are well equipped for life on life’s terms?
Only to find out when life showed up your foundation wasn’t built on solid ground?
Well don’t beat yourself up.
Here are two other principles that will help you build a solid foundation to stand on beside repenting:
Trust that God cares for you and He wants the best for you. Trust is putting your faith into action.
As your faith in Christ increase so will your ability to trust.
Establishing a relationship with Him helps you to establish a relationship with yourself.
Most importantly when you learn to trust YOUR FEELING, YOUR ACTIONS and YOUR THOUGHTS, you then learn to trust others by choosing to interact with trustworthy people.
God tells us to get understanding because so much of our mistrust is based in fear of the unknown.
Most people want to be understood but seldom to they seek to understand.
But if we listen with a compassionate heart we began to connect with others because we began to understand them.
It’s hard not like someone you understand.
Above all master understanding yourself.
Learn why you think the way you think and why you do what you do.
Learn where your beliefs originated from.
Ask God to show you your motives because He knows them.
Sorrow is a fact of life but suffering is optional. To get past your hurt inside, you need to not only experience your pain but also grow through your negative emotions by turning away from sin and towards God.
WHEN DID GODLY SORROW MOTIVATE ME TO MAKE A REAL CHANGE?
WHEN IS IT MORE LOVING TO CONFRONT SOMEONE WITH THEIR SIN THAN TO IGNORE IT?