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One road leads to life, the other leads to death.

Posted by appolus on January 13, 2022

2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation not to be regretted : but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Whether we are talking about salvation itself or the repenting of a genuine saint from some fall from grace we see here the same principal in operation. Godly sorrow. It precedes the repentance. Whether that be for a day, a week, a month or a season, it is the direct operation of the Holy Spirit working in the hearts and minds of people. It must have its conclusion, and if Godly, will lead to life. Now there is a counterfeit, its the sorrow of the world and it leads to death. It is not genuine sorrow, it is more akin to regret. The genuinely convicted will know and understand at his core that he has sinned against God and Him alone, and it is He that he has the issue with. Not so with the worldly sorrow which is self absorbed. Introspective narcissism does not lead to genuine repentance.

Genuine Godly sorrow has its marks as it does its work in its season. Titus reports to Paul in chapter seven that the Corinthians had an earnest desire and they mourned.  It produced a diligence in them. They were persistent in their in their efforts to make themselves right with God. They had come to the throne room of God and Paul uses the phrase “what clearing of yourself,” they experienced. They cried out to God and God forgave them and this brought great joy. It brought them vindication, not from Paul, but from God Himself the only one who can vindicate us of our sin.  In all things they had proved themselves to be clear in this matter. This is life changing. This is David crying our to God in psalm 51 acknowledging that he had sinned against God alone. He wanted the joy of His salvation restored. Create in me a clean heart was the cry of the warrior poet who was King David.

This is the agony of the true Godly repentance, never to be regretted which leads to life. For those who know God or who are soon to know Him understand their true state, not because of introspection and a desire to clean up their act or turn over a new leaf, but a genuine desire to be right with God the Father. And this genuine desire, this knowing of their true state is the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the saved and the those who seek to be saved. The genuine saint goes deeper into the Lord and it produces life in him and that more abundantly. Those who display the sorrow of the world, even although they may fool some for a season, always die. One road leads to life, the other leads to death.

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