When sor­row is good

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL - Pas­tor Ty­rone Ball Faith Pen­te­costal Taber­na­cle

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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 7:10

C. S. Lewis said, “Re­pen­tance is no fun at all. It is some­thing much harder than merely eat­ing hum­ble pie. It means un­learn­ing all the self- con­ceit and self-will that we have been train­ing our­selves into for thou­sands of years.”

We read of peo­ple in the Bi­ble who were sorry, but they weren’t re­pen­tant. For ex­am­ple, a hard­ened Pharaoh ad­mit­ted his sin. In Ex­o­dus we read, “Pharaoh quickly sum­moned Moses and Aaron. ‘This time I have sinned,’ he con­fessed. ‘The Lord is the righ­teous one, and my peo­ple and I are wrong.’” (9:27). Yet Pharaoh went on to de­lib­er­ately sin against God and His peo­ple.

An in­sin­cere king Saul ad­mit­ted his sin, say­ing to Sa­muel, “I have sinned. I have dis­obeyed your in­struc­tions and the LORD’S com­mand” (1 Sa­muel 15:24). But that didn’t stop Saul from go­ing on a col­li­sion course with judg­ment.

The rich young ruler came to Je­sus and asked how to have eter­nal life. When Je­sus told him, he went away sor­row­ful but not re­pen­tant. He wasn’t will­ing to change.

These peo­ple were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what the apos­tle Paul Pas­tor Ty­rone Ball

called “worldly sor­row, which lacks re­pen­tance, [and] re­sults in spir­i­tual death” (2 Corinthi­ans 7:10).

There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween re­morse and re­pen­tance. This is im­por­tant to un­der­stand. Peo­ple are sorry when their sin catches up with them. They are sorry when they be­gin to reap what they sow. But that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean they are re­pen­tant.

If you are truly sorry in a godly way, then you not only will have re­morse for what you have done, but you also will change your be­hav­ior.

This should be a warn­ing to us not to take spir­i­tual truth for granted. Let us not sit by pas­sively and lis­ten with­out any real in­tent to ap­ply it to our lives.

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