Godly Sorrow

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We all will sin and fall short (Romans 3:23). Yet, “godly sorrow” can lead us to repent and become saved. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness(1 John 1:9).

Though we have this forgiveness, we should not use God’s grace as an excuse to sin. To the contrary, God’s forgiveness should be a determination to become more like Christ (Romans 6:15) and to live a life with less sin and not more. This is because sin is a roadblock between God and His creation (Isaiah 59:2).

For this reason, we must, daily, confess our sins and seek God’s forgiveness. Even as a Christian, it is necessary to have a constant submission of the mind, body, and spirit to God’s will (Romans 12:1-2).

“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

As the above scripture states, you have no regrets when you have godly sorrow. Godly sorrow has nothing to do with guilt or self hatred. Instead, it reveals how much you love God and hate to sin against Him. Godly sorrow also helps you to repent and choose to turn away from whatever separates you from God.

Just as Jesus encourages His followers, in Matthew chapter 5 and verse 4, to seek God’s comfort, we can do the same! This includes seeking God’s comfort to not sin against Him and to live as He commands us to. In addition, just as Jesus was encouraging His disciples as they prepared to face persecution, we can rest assured that He will comfort us in our times of persecution.

Finally, just as the disciples were encouraged to reject the things not of God, we must choose to reject things not of God. God has great work for us to do, and we must be ready and alert to follow His instruction. For instance, when we allow Him to, the Holy Spirit will be there to catch us before we fall into any sin.

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

1 Corinthinans 10:13