THE VOICE OF HOPE

It's All Good Here ~ We create Hope with Words to bring out the "BLESSED" in you!

Worldy Sorrow vs Godly Sorrow

on August 28, 2012

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 2 Corinthians 7:10-11

 

Have you found yourself repeating someone else’s words, imitating someone’s behavior, or gone along with someone’s line of thinking and then thought afterward that it seemed wrong? I have muddled through most of my life trying to get by on the continuous presence of bad company, bad examples, and bad advice.

The world has produced a generation of people who are bitter, stubborn, indignant, stuck in their mess, completely above correction, and have no desire to clear themselves. When I figured out that some of things I was taught or habits that acquired that were not right, I wanted to make them right- for me. Biblically, it’s referred to as repentance. Logically, it’s called changing or maturing. I still work toward that goal. I don’t want to be right for the sake of being right, but so that I can set a better example-personally. There’s no age limit on repentance. It’s a continual process.

Repentance is more manageable if we do it when our eyes, hearts, and minds are finally open to a change. It’s difficult to get into repentance mode while holding onto a worldly mentality. You cannot fix something if you don’t first accept that it’s broken.

There is a distinct difference between having worldly sorrow and godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow brings death to your soul and spirit prohibiting you from serving the purpose God has for you. You do everything you can to function on your own power and deal with your past on your own through self-medication, self-destructive habits, and a multitude of sins.

Godly sorrow leads us to repentance. We stop and consciously think about the life we are living and why we make the choices we make. We desire to change how we live in order to please God and not ourselves or people. We accept that we are not perfect and need to change. We find joy in maintaining a life that God can be proud of. From the two examples listed below which life would you rather live:

Life without god + wordly sorrow=death/life unfulfilled

Life with God + godly sorrow = repentance/life abundant

 

How can we attain godly sorrow that leads to repentance?

Expose Sin

Exposing sin takes away the power of the devil. Everyone sins all day, every day. In God’s eyes, no sin is greater than another.

Proverbs 28:13
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Confess and Pray

People are ashamed to admit wrong doing when they should be afraid not to. Confess your sins to God, or someone you trust. Let the confessions and prayers lead you on a path of healing. Ask people to pray for you.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

Embrace Suffering

Our sufferings make us the people we are today. We can dwell in those suffering in worldly sorrow or repent and embrace the characteristics that help us grow in the Spirit.

Romans 5:3-5

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

 

FORGIVE

Forgive yourself and people who have hurt you. Living life without God was what made Jesus say they know not what they do. Some people regardless of age, still do not know what they are doing.

Luke 23:34
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots

Accept

Accept the Lord as your savior and finish your race strong!

Hebrews 12:2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Go

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Thus Saith The Lord God

The writing of the Holy Bible continues published by GROY

THE VOICE OF HOPE

It's All Good Here ~ We create Hope with Words to bring out the "BLESSED" in you!

kacidiane

This is a story expressed through multiple forms of poetry.

G.E.M.S.

Empowering Souls

%d bloggers like this: