Godly vs. Worldly Sorrow

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” Cor. 7:10

This world system promises a perpetual party for those who join and are in league with it. It has some pretty convincing propaganda, I might add. Everything you want and desire or believe you want and desire (think Amnon and Tamar; “but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her.” 2 Sam 13:14-15.) can be had for a cost. You wager your eternal soul (your spiritual inheritance) as did Esau, against the pot of porridge (this worlds fleeting fulfillment of my immediate lusts). Do the math!

People have been doing the math for all the ages. They noticed that God promised to come back and bring judgement with Him, yet He has not come. So they heartily attend to their personal pleasures and indulge themselves in their own will “for a season”, which by and by becomes a lifetime, and by and by reaps a destiny.

But those who are the sons of God realize by faith and the Spirit through which they passionately seek God and not this world’s passing pleasures, that, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Pet. 3:9.

The essence of Sin is not what you do, but a turning of your heart away from God. Choosing to become a free agent from God. It is the assertion of my will, what I want (i.e. a bite of the mysteriously forbidden), without regard to His will (i.e. do not love the world). There is a point at which sufficient knowledge of Him, or a fear of God by your own conscience, tells you that it is wrong according to the Standard in your heart. The act was the fruit of the heart that turned from Him. In other words, what you did was a result of (not the cause of) what you became by choice — a free agent.

Now the party has been raging in the earth since time began. And the Spirit of God is contending with your heart against the spirit of this world. Many have fallen away proving that, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1 John 2:19.

There is great revelation in this. Right here is a great clue as to who is “of us”. You see the rich young ruler is a picture of a man who was not willing to enter the kingdom of God having loved this present world. His great display of sorrow when asked to sell all that he had revealed that he was bound to this world by the magnetism of the things it offered. You can not take hold of the Kingdom of God if you will not let go of this world system.

The great and decisive question that God brings before us repeatedly is “Will you turn your heart from this world and back to Me? Will you follow Me, denying yourself?” The rich young ruler could not.

“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matt. 10: 37-39.

Right here is where your heart can be seen. Right here lines are being drawn even today. By any account this world system is passing and we are beginning to witness its preliminary birth pangs. It is groaning “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Rom. 8:19.

I imagine that you are groaning too. The question is are you groaning for the manifestation of the sons or are you groaning for the loss of this world system?

Godly sorrow, Godly groaning, is earnestly waiting and expecting the will of God to be accomplished in the earth. It is a sorrow unto repentance in earnest for the souls of those who are turned away from God. It is intercessory in essence. It is going to God on behalf of this wretched generation, of which I am one, in repentance for our lack of faith, trust, devotion and desire for God. “I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” Isa. 6:5.

Worldly sorrow, is sorrow unto me and the end of my selfish schemes. I see the death of my hope and dreams instead of the progression of God’s Desire of the Ages. I see God’s desire as the competition to my own. I am not sorry that He is closing the door of opportunity of Time to redeem men, I am sorry that the door of my opportunity for me is closing.

If you find yourself in conviction just now, repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” Cor. 7:10

Our culture has worked for centuries to convince us that the works of men are valid endeavors for our lives, that God is taking too long, He has forgotten us. But remember, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Perhaps God is waiting for you and yours. Perhaps there will still be an opportunity for Godly sorrow to bring repentance to a wicked and perverse generation.

“Weeping [sorrow] may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” John 16:20

“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” John 16:22

“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” Isaiah 51:11

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation of John 21:4


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