Day One: Godly Sorrow

2Corinthians 7:10 (NIV) Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

“What is the difference between God’s way of sadness and the world’s way of sadness? The two types can be seen sharply set out in two of the central characters of the gospel story. On the night of the Last Supper, Peter followed Jesus to the high priest’s house, where he proceeded to deny three times that he’d ever known Jesus. On realizing what he’d done, Peter went out and cried like a baby. That was the first step towards the restoration that came with Jesus’ appearance to him (Luke 24.34; 1 Corinthians 15.5) and the remarkable conversation with Jesus by the lakeshore (John 21.15–19). His sadness led him to repentance, and that was a cause, ultimately, for rejoicing. On the other hand, Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, showing the high priest’s servants where to find him in the dark, was plunged into the darker depths of the world’s way of sadness. In Matthew’s account, he flings down the money he’d been paid at the feet of the chief priests, and goes off and hangs himself (Matthew 27.5). Two types of sadness; two end results.” [Wright, NT For Everyone: 2Corinthians, p.78-79]

Why does worldly sorrow bring death?

What’s the difference between repentance and regret?

Past regrets can burden and bury us, but that’s not to be our outcome as Christians. God offers another opportunity to turn and seek his help. Offer your past regrets to God and let the Lord lift you up.

Prayer: Lord, you are good. Help me to repent of any past regrets. Lead me in your salvation that leaves no regret. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

-JH

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