Saturday, February 20, 2021
By Marcia Baker
Passage: 2 Corinthians 7:9-10
"Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in anyway by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
Paul’s writing to the Corinthian Church in the above passage expresses that he was happy that the Church had experienced sorrow, remorse for their behavior/sin and in that sorrow the Church came to repentance.
During this time of Lent we are called to reflect and repent before God. We get to acknowledge our sins, confess, and ask forgiveness. In doing repentance we commit to turning away from sin and restore the wrongdoing and repair our relationships with God and people that we have sinned against. Therefore, in experiencing great sorrow, asking forgiveness, our relationship with God grows stronger. Our recommitting our lives to God leads us in His good work.
Let us look to God with open hearts, listening to the Holy Spirit calling us to repent. We get to thank God for His merciful forgiveness of our sins and wrongdoing. This is what Paul is talking about, “in sorrow comes joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we come to you with sorrowful hearts to confess our sins and turn away from them. We recognize your Almighty power to forgive us and bring us closer to you. Thank you for your mercy! Amen