Godly Grief

Apparently, Paul wrote a stern letter to the Corinthians at some point that was not 1 or 2 Corinthians. It must have been very harsh for Paul to say, “I do not regret it; though I did regret it” (2 Corinthians 7:8). He then rejoiced when Titus returned with news of the Corinthians’ repentance in response to Paul’s previous letter. I loved that Paul defined “godly grief” as opposed to “worldly grief.”

Sometimes we have to use tough love and stern words on the people we love. By directing them to look within they can see with even more clarity how great a gift Christ gave us by suffering on the cross. I keep coming back to the Ray Comfort video I shared last week…the young man who was so sure of himself was brought to tears in his conviction once Ray pointed out his sins. We’re all sinners and cannot be saved without a Saviour. The only way to God is through Jesus, for Christ is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Bible Verse of the Day

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 ESV


Dear Father, please give us the words to share with our loved ones who are lost. Please show them their sins that they may be convicted and seek to repent. We pray that You will open their eyes to see that the only way to salvation is through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Father, I also pray that You show each of us our sin that we may come before You and repent of our specific wrongdoings, that we may ask for forgiveness and turn from recurring sin. We love You and praise You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.