GODly Sorrow ~ Why is it important?
GODly sorrow is something brought about by God, with respect to God and then leads to God. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” II Corinthians 7:10
We cannot come to Him in any way, shape or form in repentance and be accepted unless GODly sorrow proceeds our urge to repent. We say we are sorry in divers ways for divers reasons. The many reasons we apologize to each other alone would fill a book. Folks accept apologies for just as many reasons. But when it comes to God, it is a much different scenario. We can’t just decide to be a Christian so therefore we are one. We can’t fall away from Him and then just step right back in as though we were never gone. God requires something more. GODly sorrow is seeing “me” through His eyes. How? Through the Word. He is Eternal, I am mortal. He is perfect, I am sinful. He sits on the Throne and I am a mere speck of pitiful humanity. He loves me without boundaries, I am limited in myself and my relationships. Everything He is, I am not. Everything He is not, I am. Yet we are to be like Him. Until we see how unlike Him we really are and desire to be like Him, we are stuck in the pig pen of life.
“For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” II Cor. 7:11
Once we have realized the vast expanse between what we are and what we want and need to become, that GODly sorrow that drives us to repentance, we will not only come out of the pig pen, we will come out with remorse and humility. We will see ourselves through God’s eyes and be perfectly content with just being a servant in His house for the rest of our lives. Oh, the splendor of being pig-pen free! We will fight the rest of our days to stay in the Father’s house. The longing of our hearts will be just to be near Him. Our respect for Him, our desire for Him and our zeal for His presence will become foremost in our lives.
“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.” II Cor. 7:9 That’s when the party starts. That kind of repentance brings you into the Father’s presence and into His house for fellowship. When you feel GODly sorrow, embrace it. It will lead you to be more like Him.
More to come on godly sorrow…what it looks like….why it’s necessary…