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Godly grief and true repentance

Scripture reading for September 24th: 2nd Corinthians 7

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 7:8-12 “For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it–though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a little while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”

Sin in our life or the church causes us or the church family grief. Sin, when confronted, also can cause grief to the individual who is harboring it or to the church family to whom the one caught in sin belongs. Paul had confronted the elders in Corinth of their need to discipline the man caught in sexual sin with his own mother-in-law. They had responded by putting him out of the body, as he recommended. In this letter Paul had asked them to receive back the one they had disciplined lest he be overcome with excessive grief. There are two kinds of grief–worldly grief is just sorry that they were found out. This kind of grief leads to more sin and eventually death. Godly grief leads to a deep regret that causes a change in mind, attitude and behavior and produces restoration and spiritual life. All discipline has the goal of restoration and life.

2nd Corinthians 7:1 “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of the Lord.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for being our Father and calling us to repentance and a life of holy separation to you. Thank You for a Father’s discipline that leads to godly sorrow, repentance and life. Deliver me from any worldly sorrow and always lead me in true repentance. Help me as a father, pastor and Christ-follower to call those caught in sin to godly grief and true repentance.

Psalm 51:10-12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

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A broken and contrite heart!

Scripture reading for June 13th: Psalms 50-54

David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of his friend, Uriah, is recorded in scripture in 2nd Samuel 11-12.  This was a dark blot on the life of a man that had walked closely with God for about 50 years.  King David had decided to stay home from the war with Israel’s enemies to rest and relax.  He let his eyes wander as his heart grew cold and ended up in bed with his neighbor’s wife.  She became pregnant and instead of an abortion, David decided to try to frame his friend.  When this didn’t work, he had his friend  aborted!  There is nothing new under the sun!  The human heart away from God is desperately sick and full of sin!

Today’s reading contains the record of David’s confession and repentance from these sins.  Both of these sins required that the perpetrators be stoned to death under God’s law.  (Leviticus 20:10)(Leviticus 24:17)  What is remarkable about King David’s confession of these sins, is that he considered them to be against God alone.  God granted David forgiveness and grace under the law because of a broken and contrite heart!  How we need this kind of heart today!  Jesus Christ is forgiving sins today for those with a broken and contrite heart.

A broken and contrite heart takes responsibility for sin.  It admits to breaking God’s law instead of denial and blame of someone else or even God.  (Psalm 51:3-5)  David even recognized that he was sinful from birth.  We are born in sin because of Adam’s sin!  We come by it naturally!  We can only be delivered supernaturally by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ!

Repentant hearts also recognize the importance of truth in them.  (Psalm 51:6)  Jeremiah states that the heart by human nature is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  (Jeremiah 17:9-11)  God searches the hearts of men and knows the truth about what is in them.  God wants to wash our hearts and cleanse them.  David asks to be cleansed with hyssop.  While in Egypt, the Israelites used Hyssop branches to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial lambs on the doorposts of their houses to keep the death angel from striking the first-born.  David asks God for a clean heart and a hiding of his sins from God’s face!

Broken hearts desire the joy and salvation that comes from God’s grace of forgiveness. (Psalm 51:9-12)  God gives a pure heart and a right spirit.  This right spirit is a spirit of brokenness and dependence on God’s grace.  All pride in human effort and ability is set aside and humility comes in it’s place.  There is joy and rejoicing and a willing spirit to follow the Lord and be taught of Him.

All of this brokenness leads to a life of humble service and witness!  Those who are forgiven much, love much.  Out of this love they want to do God’s will and praise His Name! (Psalm 51:13-15)

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart , Oh God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17

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