Scriptural Gem for July 2013

In 2 Corinthians 7:10 we read: 'Godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.'

In Scripture we are often exhorted to 'repent', in fact the word repent in its various forms appear more than 1000 times in the Old Testament alone. Have we not all in our lives tried to obey this instruction by saying 'I repent! I repent! However, Paul makes it clear in the verse above that repentance is the result of something. That something is 'Godly sorrow' or as the original Greek has it: 'Lupe kata Theos' which means 'sorrow which comes down from God'.

Contrast this with the general idea of an 'apology'. The orginal Greek word is 'Apologia' which means 'To speak in defense of something'. Making an 'apology' is simply to explain and justify one's actions. Godly sorrow is something entirely different. It is clear that it is only possible by a working of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer. It quite literally has to 'come down from God'.

So, dear friends let us give up trying to repent with human effort and ask Him to grant us Godly sorrow over our sin. Then true repentance will follow...