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Godly Sorrow…Salvation or Death?

April 8, 2013

2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

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Sometimes this can seem confusing, because as a baby Christians we are taught all this Christian love stuff. Joy, peace and happiness can sometimes be a front we try to put on. Many of us still have struggles trials, pain and sorrow. Sorrow may not necessarily be our own, it may be for the lives of others that are missing out on the Grace and salvation that comes only through Christ.

I can personally say that the more God shows His Love and works in my life, the more my heart breaks for those around me that are lacking this peace that passes all understanding. That’s why Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted…” Matthew 5:3-4

This verse in all honesty can still be confusing for me, it was for some time now, and slowly God is peeling layers off. Godly sorrow does not look like depression, Godly sorrow does not reveal itself in the form of being a pessimistic, boring, unmotivated Christian, this type of Sorrow is death. Godly Sorrow reveals itself in this way:

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…       2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Jesus promised us that we would face trials. Yet Jesus promised life, and life more abundant. Jesus says that we live in a fallen world, Yet He says do not fear because He has overcome the world.

So do not let personal sorrow weigh you down, trust in the Resurrection power of Jesus Christ that He will bless those that have a broken spirit for His Love, and those that mourn for His Love to overflow from your life into the lives of others, will receive comfort.


From → Nibble of Bread

  1. Well said. The NT talks more about persecution than it does about love. I’m glad you brought this out.

    • Thank you my friend! Im working on a whole new way of writing that I learned from Pastor John Piper in a sermon I listened to. The title is ‘How to Give the Bible Functional Authority’. Heres the link if you are interested. Pastor John teaches that when God places a scripture on our hearts, we can use another scripture to support it, and a third scripture that may seem to contradict it.

      So Im glad you enjoyed it, because this is a big challenge for me to step up to this level of teaching. Praise God for His Grace!

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