TODAY IN HIS WORD COMES FROM
(2 Cor. 7:9-10 NIV)
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 any way by us.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret,
but worldly sorrow brings death.
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
When man does things to cause our sorrow (or when we do things that causes our own sorrow), it leads to death. However, when the sorrow we go through is caused by God Himself, it brings new life because it brings a change in us.
TODAY’S INSIGHT INTO HIS WORD:
There have been times I have had to discipline my children when I really didn't want to. I hated having to come down on them, but I knew it was for their own good, and they learned from it. So even though I felt bad at having to punish them, I wasn't sorry. They grew from it. This is how it was for Paul when he wrote his letter in 2 Corinthians 7. Paul didn't like having to take the role of being the discipliner, but at the same time he wasn't sorry for the sorrow it caused the people, because it changed them. They learned from their mistakes, they repented, and they grew. Paul called their sorrow, "Godly sorrow" because they experienced sorrow in the way God intended and it brought about a change in their heart and in their lives.
Peter experienced this. After he denied Christ three times, the rooster crowed; reminding him that Christ had already looked Peter in the face and stated that in his faith, Peter would stumble. And the sorrow Peter felt when he realized what he had done, was his undoing. But in his grief and sorrow, Peter found grace from God, and it changed his life-- it brought about a whole new life. Judas on the other hand, experienced what is "worldly sorrow" and his grief only led to death.
My friend something else I would like to share with you is that, not all sorrow is caused by Satan. I know so many people who that, every time they go through difficulties they declared, "It is the enemy, and I am being attacked." My friend, sometimes when God wants to create something new in you and for you, He will put you through the fire. You, your work, and everything you stand for will be tested. Look if you will, and consider two passages with me.
1 Cor. 3:10-15 (NIV) By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
Heb. 12:26-27 (NCV) When he spoke before, his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once again I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once again" clearly show us that everything that was made—things that can be shaken—will be destroyed. Only the things that cannot be shaken will remain.
What I would like to share with you, is from experience. Every time I hit a growth in my Spiritual walk with God, He shakes me up, He puts me through the fires, and He removes the dead foliage, and things that were never supposed to be there in the first place, and things that have hindered me. And though it causes a lot of suffering, I am refined, I find out what I am made of, and what remains is actually stronger. And I can have confidence that what does remain is of Him.
Sometimes in our obedience, others will experience suffering and sorrow that they will not be able to understand. No one can relate to that more than the people closest to Jesus. With each step of obedience Jesus took to the cross, those closest to him suffered horribly, and for reasons they could not comprehend. But in their suffering, they were given new life.
My friend, I would like to leave you with one last set of verses.
"A woman does not give birth before she feels the pain; she does not give birth to a son before the pain starts. No one has ever heard of that happening; no one has ever seen that happen. In the same way no one ever saw a country begin in one day; no one has ever heard of a new nation beginning in one moment. But Jerusalem will give birth to her children just as soon as she feels the birth pains. In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born," says the Lord.
"If I cause you the pain, I will not stop you from giving birth to your new nation," says your God. "Jerusalem, rejoice. All you people who love Jerusalem, be happy. Those of you who felt sad for Jerusalem should now feel happy with her. You will take comfort from her and be satisfied, as a child is nursed by its mother. You will receive her good things and enjoy her wealth." This is what the Lord says: "I will give her peace that will flow to her like a river. The wealth of the nations will come to her like a river overflowing its banks. Like babies you will be nursed and held in my arms and bounced on my knees. I will comfort you as a mother comforts her child. You will be comforted in Jerusalem" (Isa. 66:7-13 NCV).
PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, thank You than even when we don't understand what it is we are going through, You do. Thank You Lord, that You see us through the fires, the shakedowns, and the suffering that we sometimes have to go through, in order to be made new. Lord, thank You that you watch over us and walk through the trials with us. Thank You that when it is all said and done, we are strengthened in You.
Father, I pray for this reader today. Lord, may You hold them and keep them. Lord, I pray that You will give them understanding as to what it is You are doing in them. Lord help them to know the difference between being disciplined and being refined. Lord, I pray that as they go through the suffering You have for them so that they may have something new, that You will help them to see the joy that is coming up head.
In Christ Jesus Name,
~ My friend, have a glorious and wonderful day.