"For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death."
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Godly grief? What on earth could that mean. In an article by Kevin DeYoung on The Gospel Coalition site, "Godly grief is to be genuinely sorry for sin, to hate it more and more, and to run away from it." He references the story from Luke 15 of the prodigal son when "he saw that he not only had made a mess of his life, but he had sinned against his father,". This is one example of Godly grief. It is amazing to read through the bible to see that God uses those who have a contrite heart to do the most outstanding things. God doesn’t use superheros, he uses men and women with baggage and a broken past. He uses those that have messed up, but understand the grief they have caused our heavenly Father. He can turn a bad situation and create goodness and life out of it. Are we willing to be that honest and vulnerable with the God of the universe? OR Do we think we have come to a point that is so horrible that God can’t fix it? I know several that struggle with this, including myself at times. Please hear me. There is no one that has done something SO terrible or wrong that God can’t forgive. He still loves you and holds out hope that you will turn your heart over to Him. Will you?
Prayer for today: Today,
I pray that we would recognize and be grieved by our sin. That we would let down our guard with God and that we would let Him build us up again. I pray that we would be encouraged that He can accomplish great things in and through us as long as we will trust Him.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…