Tag: Psalm 51:10-12

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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Calling all sinners!

Scripture reading for March 9th: Luke 5

Key Scriptures: Luke 5:27-31 “After this He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed Him. And Levi made Him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.””

Jesus prayerfully and carefully selected those He wanted to follow Him as disciples and whom He would appoint as apostles. His selections were not popular with the local religious folks. They particularly held their nose up at the call of Levi, a tax collector and the dinner party Jesus attended at his house afterwards. They asked His disciples why they were eating with the “deplorable” sinners like these tax collectors were judged by them to be. Jesus answered them Himself. He came to call sinners to repentance. Only those who are sick will admit their need of a “Physician”.

Psalm 14:2-3 “The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for healing my sinful heart and inviting me to Your table for fellowship. Give me grace to call others in need of healing from the devastation caused by sin into fellowship with You.

Psalm 51:10, 12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. . . .Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

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Thanksgiving and prayer!

Scripture reading for July 26th:  Psalm 48-50, 1st Corinthians 16

Key Scriptures: Psalm 50:14-15, 23 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”  . . .”The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me; to one who orders his way rightly, I will show the salvation of God!”  

Thanksgiving to God brings God glory.  Sometimes it is a sacrifice to offer thanksgiving in the midst of troubling times or circumstances.  It is an act of faith to give thanks.  It is also an act of faith to call upon the Lord in the trouble and trust Him for deliverance.  He also says that this glorifies Him and He will deliver us!  Amen!

1st Corinthians 16:13-14, 23  “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”  . . . .”The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and promises. Thank You for being faithful to answer prayers.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and faith to live as a strong man, glorifying You.  Amen.

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Rejoice in restoration!

Scripture reading for June 12th:  Psalm 48-51

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 51:10-12  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take you Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

King David had sinned greatly by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah taken out.  He was confronted by Nathan the prophet of God and he humbly confessed his need for cleansing in his heart and restoration.  He even asked for a willing spirit and a continuation of God’s Spirit dwelling in him.  God graciously answered this prayer and all who come to Him for mercy through Jesus Christ!

Rejoicing in restoration:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That Go was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  (2nd Corinthians 5:17-19)

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Godly sorrow brings repentance!

Scripture reading for August 5th:  2nd Corinthians 7

Key scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 7:9-11  “. . .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.  See what this godly sorrow has produced in you:  what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.  At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.”  

Repentance is a word that is not always understood in the Christian community.  It is often associated with sorrow and sadness concerning something that has caused brokenness or harm to another or to us.  Sometimes, we feel that the sorrow is what God wants and continue to live under a spirit of oppression or depression because of what we have done.  But God wants to set us free from condemnation through conviction of sin which brings the ‘godly sorrow’ that leads us to Christ for His mercy and cleansing.  This delivers us from guilt and shame and enables us to change our action, attitudes and character to be more like Christ!

Observations for over-comers:  Repentance and cleansing are a part of normal growth in the lives of over-comers as we allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and separate us from sin and its grip on our lives.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from Your Presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.”  (Psalm 51:10-12)

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