Making You Sorry
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did
repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though
it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry,
but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly
manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow
worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of
the world worketh death.
(2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
This ministry has been criticised by many acqaintances in the Christian
community. The consensus of opinion in these circles seems to be "you only
preach gloom and doom, condemning people all the time, not showing that
Jesus loves us."
It's therefore comforting to read that others have had the same experience.
In this passage of scripture we read that Paul states that he is not sorry
for the words that he wrote, because these words made the recipients sorry,
that they sorrowed unto repentance.
He is writing now to those who sorrowed after a godly manner and not to
those who sorrowed after a worldly manner. Because these last didn't like
what they heard and probably stopped reading.
In another epistle Paul wrote:
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Therefore those who knew godly sorrow of their sins and repented of them,
were saved by God's grace, were able to grow in Christ and available, to
read Paul's next letter to the church in Corinth.
You see, his letter that made them sorrow, sorted out the wheat from
the chaff. The chaff were blown away by the wind of self and the wheat
were cleansed by the wind of the Holy Spirit.
Paul also wrote in another letter "My concern is not what man thinks of
me, only of what God thinks of me."
Makes one think, doesn't it.
For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what
carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves,
yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement
desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things
ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. Wherefore, though
I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong,
nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the
sight of God might appear unto you. Therefore we were comforted in your
comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because
his spirit was refreshed by you all.
(2 Corinthians 7:11-13)
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- ENRICHED IN NOVEMBER 2013
- But I would have you know, that the head of every man
is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of
Christ is God.
- (1 Corinthians 11:3)
- Please study the implications.
- One of the great difficulties we have in the Christian
life is trusting the divine wisdom.
- God uses His wisdom to help us become holy, because without
holiness we shall not enter the Celestial City.
- That He makes us happy on this earth might be very nice
but is of no lasting value.
- How much do I trust Him? How much do I know Them?
God is good! God is perfect!
- All things God gives us are for His good pleasure,
and the first of these is repentance:
- For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent,
though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you
sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that
ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made
sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:
but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
- (2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
- Following Spiritual conviction, a search was made on this
web site1 for teachings that concern the subject of repentance
and it was discovered that no clear explanation was given even though the
above passage of Scripture was used more that once.
- Few Christians realise that Paul's ministry - that which
was divinely given to him - was repentance towards God, and faith towards
our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). First comes initial faith, with
reaction to that faith resulting in our repentance, the granting of repentance
by God resulting in conversion, then growing in faith over time as a result
of learning what the Holy Trinity did and is doing for His elect, with
resultant broadening Spiritual wisdom and loving obedience.
- Also, because of the international nature of the internet,
not everyone has an English dictionary.
- Therefore, a list of words and their meanings has been
extracted from Chambers Dictionary and included in these following teachings,
and linked together.
- Making You Sorry.
- God Gives Repentance
- The Lord Gives Repentance.
- The Impenitent Heart.
- Sorry: Regretful, apologetic, miserable, wretchedly
bad, contemptible, expressing apology.
- Remorse: A feeling of regret and guilt for past
wrong doing, but not asking for forgiveness from God.
- Penitence: Suffering pain or sorrow for past sin
and feeling a desire to reform - contrite. Undergoing penance - a worldly
action to obtain God's forgiveness.
- Repentance: To regret what one has done or left
undone, to change from past evil or misconduct - to feel contrition. Regret
with action (change moral outlook to acceptable Godly standard.)
- Repentance is recognition by the sinner of the magnificence
of God, of his guilt, and confession of his need of deliverance by his
Creator, turning from his sinful way, earnestly desiring to be cleansed
from the filth of his sin; on his knees, believing that the ever-present
all powerful God who made him can hear him: opening his heart and pleading
that the Living Loving merciful God will forgive him.
- And then, only then, will our Heavenly Father, in His
lovingkindness, mercy and grace forgive the sins of the contrite heart
and grant repentance, converting the sinner into a new Spiritually aware
- 1 www.hosanna.org.za.