Mar. 29, 2016

The Character and Benefits of Godly Sorrow - Conclusion

Character

2 Corinthians 7:12 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.

From Paul's expression in this verse we learn that godly sorrow doesn't take sides, one against another. It seeks and instructs that each one is to forgive, to be forgiven and to be restored. Those are primary goals. The maximum benefit is achieved when all persons involved sincerely receive the ministry of godly sorrow. Our Father uses it as an acute demonstration of His care for all of us. This sorrow that is inspired by the Spirit and heart of the Father ministers healing and promotes restoration. It doesn't assign blame or point the finger. But it does recognize the warning signs of a seemingly mild issue that has the potential to develop into something dangerous and deadly. 

When we allow the Lord's divine assistance to guide us through difficult situations, He administers just the right amount of spiritual medication, at just the right time. His divine medication will steel us against repeated offenses. Accepting God's guidance helps develop patience with ourselves and others. Maturity deepens over time and fortifies us against judging human frailties too harshly. Wisdom knows that deep wounds aren't recovered in a day.

Welcoming godly sorrow and allowing the character of it to minister to and through us will yield great benefits. Two of those blessings are Peace in your Heart and Joy in your Mind. Godly sorrow is a stepping stone that leads to strength, patience, maturity and wisdom.

More Benefits

2 Corinthians 7:13 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.

When godly sorrow is welcomed and allowd to pursue its purpose everyone is blessed by it, receives the care, consolation and comfort of it, the joy and rejoicing of it and the refreshing and renewing of it. Godly sorrow eases tension and practices peace.

Galatians 6:1-2

Brethern, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Restoration and humility are strong companions. Sharing the load makes it easier for everyone. When we acknowledge the fact that all of us have had the opportunity to employ godly sorrow (sometimes on our own behalf and sometimes on the behalf of others) trust is promoted and equality with our brothers and sisters is illuminated.

Praise the Lord for the blessings of Godly Sorrow!