2 Corinthians 7:10 “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
NOT A BAD THING
Why is it we think having sorrow is a bad thing? We are always trying to “cheer up” those who are going through a hard time. God says very plainly here in this verse that sorrow which comes from God is good because it produces repentance. Feeling sorry or remorseful for a wrong done is a good thing. It drives us to repentance without regret.
Have you been sorrowful lately over your sins? Too many of our churches today are afraid to confront sin and bring believers to repentance for fear of driving them off. Other churches want to accept anything just to keep up the membership. That is NOT of God. God demands repentance, and all of us need to repent. None of us have arrived.
Your children need to understand that sorrow is not a bad thing, when it comes to God produced sorrow. The Holy Spirit in them will convict them of sin which can produce sorrow. That’s okay! We do not need to live there, but we must pass through it.
How can you tell your child is saved? Do they show remorse for a wrong done, not for getting caught? Do they truly feel bad and want to make it right? That is the Holy Spirit in them driving them to the cross. They may not use all the “churchy” language, but you will know when they repent.
As the old hymn asks, “How long has it been since you knelt at the cross and told Him your heart’s hidden secrets?” We need to be on our knees so much more, bearing our souls in repentance. We need to be sorrowful for our wrongs. Don’t allow the world to make you feel sorry for politically incorrect things. That is world produced sorrow that leads to a false repentance. As the verse says, that leads to death.
Will you get on your knees right now and make things right with the Father? Will you thank those who confront you regarding your sin? Will you be obedient today as you hear the Holy Spirit speak your name?