Godly Sorrow

I often see people cry and get upset over losing a piece of jewelry or breaking a dish that they valued, but in reality those are just material possessions.  However, I seldom in todays world see people cry and get upset over sin that is breaking their fellowship with God.  I think part of the problem is that so few people have really experienced what daily real fellowship with God is, so they don’t even realize it’s broken or not all that it could be.

Jesus said, “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!”  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”  We should have such sorrow over our sinfulness that we daily seek to repent of our sins and restore the fellowship that is broken.

A. W. Tozer said, “It is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should.” And that is exactly why so many so-called Christians see nothing wrong with a few little sins in their lives, and seem to feel no remorse or guilt over them.  Anything that breaks our fellowship with God, we should abhor and run from!

Always remember 1 John 1:5-7, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

If only more people would wake up and realize what they are missing in fellowship with a Holy God, when they allow things in their lives that shouldn’t be there!

Author: Joshua Goodling

Joshua Goodling is a terminal cancer survivor, speaker, and author. His messages, books, and writings have inspired and encouraged people all over the world. Follow the link at the top of the site to visit his website: http://www.joshuagoodling.com.