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Good Morning October 27

Paul had to write a strong letter of correction to the Corinthian church. He was concerned about how his letter would be received, but says “you became sorrowful as God intended…”(II C.7:9) Then he defined what he meant saying, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” Sounds a bit strange, Godly sorrow, worldly sorrow. What happens when we are confronted with some sin? There is an important difference here. It is possible to be sorry that we did whatever it was, because we were found out, because it didn’t accomplish the purpose we intended, because it makes us feel guilty and lose face, or any number of other self-centered reasons. This is worldly sorry, or Paul might say selfish sorrow. Godly sorrow, on the other hand, is humility before God, realizing that it is He, above all, we have offended. Godly sorrow produces a true change in life. Godly sorrow produces the humble cry within us, as David expressed in Psalm 51, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”(vs.10) This is the humility God seeks.

Good Morning September 19

We have been struggling in prayer as a family, and as a congregation, for a little one year old who is in the hospital and near death. He has been on our hearts for all of this last week. We have prayed earnestly, individually and in church, but he has not improved. We don’t yet know the outcome. This morning I turned to Psalm 13 and read, “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?”(1&2) This seems to express well our emotions at this time. But one must go on to read the complete Psalm. For even in the midst of the psalmist’s prayer he says, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.”(5&6) We struggle so with the tears and the why questions, but above it all our Father is holding us in His arms, and, in His love, will accomplish all that is for our good. We can continue to trust Him.