2 Corinthians 7-9

"Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death."  II Corinthians 7:10, RSV 

We've all been "sorry" before. A guy that gets drunk and hurts someone in an auto accident is sorry. A person convicted of a crime is sorry. A couple who gets pregnant out of wedlock is sorry.

The question is, "why are they sorry?" Is the drunk sorry because he was in a wreck, or is he sorry for his sin and the resulting consequence of that sin? Is the bank robber sorry that he got caught and is going to jail, or is he sorry for his sinful behavior that brought him to that point? Is the pregnant woman and her boyfriend sorry that they are "being punished with a baby", or are they sorry for their sinful conduct that produced that result?

Or, is there even such a thing as "sin" anymore?

The answers to these questions will not seem important to people living for the world and its pleasures, but to the man and woman of God, the answers to these questions will be the difference between life and death.

Do you have anything that you are "sorry" about? God can take away your grief, but only if you repent and do your best to live for Him from this point forward.

 

"The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life."  I Timothy 1:15-16, RSV