In the world but not of it

January 16, 2010

Sorry you got caught…

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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 7:8

Jesus was described as the man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3).

He experienced rejection and rebuke. He was falsely accused on a regular basis yet He didn’t apologize for his actions because they were all done with a heart attitude of love and selflessness. He knew that His teachings and the actions that followed would have a significant impact on those around Him.

He also understood the hearts of men and that there would be those who accept and reject His teachings and example. In other words, Jesus was never sorry he got caught for doing what He did.

In God’s Word here in this portion we are told that there are two types of sorrow. There is the one that produces repentance and draws us deeper to God, which is what God wants from us in these situations, and then there is the one that simply exposes our sinful desires, deepens our pride and ultimately leads to death.

Look at Peter and Judas. Both rejected Jesus but only one truly repented. The sorrows in our lives come only in one of two ways. We either produce them through bad choices or God allows them to cross our path. In either case, however, it is God’s desire for us to accept them and turn to Him, not from Him.

People are sorry, but it is more a case of being sorry they got caught or exposed. In other words the outward mourning we see in the lives of people who are experiencing sorrow is at times a result of the bruising of their inward pride and pain of feeling the light shine on their darkness.

Be sorry, but not because you got caught…

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