Tuesday, November 17, 2009
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Cor. 7:10
I like this, it’s the politically correct way of saying, YOU SUCKED! YOU WERE TERRIBLE, YOU WERE LOSERS. I like it. Paul here explains that sometimes it is good to make people sad, not in an evil malicious way, but if done in a caring, Godly, and holy way, God brings you to sorrow it is good! I mean it is good. Prior to this in his previous letter to the Corinthians, Paul at some points of his letters basically tells them “hey you are doing terrible. You guys are not following, you are bickering, you guys suck!” But int his case, it swings the Corinthians to action. They become more keen to the areas that God needs them to be sharp in. Since they were offended and hurt they were able to have their eyes open. They were able to see what is good and what is not so good. They were able to see where they thought there were righteous, but were so wrong to begin with. It doesn’t feel good at all. But as the old adage goes, “No pain, no gain.”
I was taking this acting class from this one teacher, and God bless his soul, but for the life of me I got so tired of him telling me how good I was. I was really sick of it. It was nice and all but really I was sick of it. I really got sick of him telling me all the good things I did right, I got sick of him telling me that it was a great performance, etc... etc. But what I noticed was that he was doing that with EVERYONE! It was so junk. I got tired of it. I went to another teacher and this teacher was awesome, he showered in praise, but then again he picked my acting apart told me I sucked in certain areas. He also said that if you want to be really good, you better pay more attention to this or that. THANK GOD for people like that. The brute honesty brought about a better overall growth. This verse reminds me that if I am brought to sorrow because of Godly rebuke or correction, and I feel sad or hurt. THANK GOD. Maybe I needed the kick in the..... Now it is up to me if I am going to move to action or not.
Lord thank you for this. Are there areas where I need improvement? Tell me if there is. Even if I get hurt, it’s cool.