I Forgive You, But ... Day 4


For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

2 Corinthians 7:10 NLT

When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, he addressed their immorality and internal conflicts. Not surprisingly, this caused the church considerable sorrow. But like a doctor prescribing post-op care, Paul helped the church understand there are two types of sorrow: worldly sorrow and Godly sorrow.

God's way is so different than the world's way. God's way brings awareness to sin, repentance without regret, cleanses, forgives and returns us into his life-giving blessings. The world's way buries us in guilt, shame, regret and condemnation that leaves us without forgiveness. Judas gave up, committing suicide instead of repenting. What might have happened if he'd apologized out of his sorrow? Judas lacked the repentance to return to Jesus or the disciples. Peter, on the other hand, messed up by denying Jesus but then literally swam right back to him. He didn't give up -- instead, he allowed his sorrow to lead him back to God. 

Are you experiencing sorrow over something you’ve done? If so, don't give up! Move from worldly sorrow (guilt, shame, regret, condemnation) to Godly sorrow by repenting and receiving God's forgiveness. He wants to restore your relationship with him. Why not ask him to use your sorrow to draw you closer to him? Godly sorrow may hurt for a moment, but like a surgeon’s incision, it's pain is temporary and brings full healing!