Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you ever experienced repentance? Repentance is necessary for salvation. Repentance is necessary for deliverance. Repentance comes from the Greek word
Grace to you.
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G3341). It has to do with changing you mind or changing your thinking. Why do I say it is necessary for salvation?
Luke tells us, "There were present at that season some who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:1-3). Our Lord tells us that repentance is needed or we perish.
The Apostle Paul tells us:
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea,
of yourselves, yea,
revenge! In all
ye have approved yourselves to
be clear in this matter.
- 2 Corinthians 7:9-11
There are two kinds of sorrowing: sorrow of the world, and sorrow after a godly sort. The sorrow of the world works death. The sorrow after a godly sort results in salvation or deliverance. Sorrow of the world says, "Woe is me" and will not take responsibility for its actions. Sorrow after a godly sort produces carefulness, clearing of our consciences, righteous indignation, zeal, etc.
Hebrews tells us about Esau: "For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears" (Hebrews 12:17). Tears are a sign of the sorrow of the world. Tears have little to do with the sorrow after a godly sort. Sorrow after a godly sort is repentance and involves a change in thinking, or as the Scripture speaks of the prodigal son, ". . . when he came to himself . . ." (Luke 15:17). We might say he came to his senses. The prodigal repented and found forgiveness with the faithful Father.
I have experienced a sorrow after a godly sort only a few times in my life. I long for it every day.