“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10, NKJV
One day I noticed my children fighting over their toys, so I stepped in to correct the behavior by temporarily taking their toys away. Oh they cried and cried. One of them even said they would die if they couldn’t have their toys back. I then gave them the instruction to prepare for bed and put on their pajamas. One immediately got up and did what I asked, while the other continued to cry and explode with grief and sadness. I told him, “Don’t let your sadness cause you to be disobedient. There’s a difference between good sorrow and bad sorrow.” As soon as I said that, the Lord began to talk to me about the responses of His children to His correction.
When we do anything that displeases the LORD and we experience the consequences of our actions, the sorrow of the world can cause us to turn away from Him and disobey Him, while godly sorrow causes us to receive His correction, be obedient and move forward.
There is a difference. Don’t allow your sadness to cause you to be disobedient toward the Lord. Don’t allow your anger over what’s been lost to cause you to refuse to move forward and obey what He’s telling you to do. Respond properly and you’ll see healing and restoration in your life. Respond properly and you will see His salvation. We all deal with the consequences of our wrong choices, but how we respond is important. May the Lord help us all to be like my first son who, although he felt sad over what he’d done and what was taken away, he jumped up and obeyed.
Prayer: Father God, forgive me if I’ve responded wrong to your correction. I humble myself right now. Teach me to respond properly when I’m having to deal with the consequences of my wrong choices. Teach me to move forward and not backwards. I know you love me and even when I make a mistake, you are good and you’re already thinking of ways to restore me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.