My Demanding Past

"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." II Corinthians 7: 10 NASB

I was sitting in my office chair one morning asking the Lord what He would have me learn that day. Praying Samuel's prayer from long ago: "Speak Lord for Your servant is listening" (I Samuel 3:9), I felt my heart relax and a peace that passes understanding flooded my soul.

My heart kept going back to what we had seen with a group from our church the previous evening. We had seen the popular movie "I Can Only Imagine". My heart was led to the subject of repentance (or turning away from).

Repentance is at the center of an honest confession of our sins that enables forgiveness. I was being taught that there is a sorrow that is the will of God that leads to deliverance, because it produces an abhorrence of the attitudes and choices we had that led to our sinful condition.

Tears came to my eyes as I identified with the star of previous nights movie, an abused young man in his inability to forgive his father even though the father had found salvation later in life. My wife joined me as I cried, I tried to hide my tears, she didn't. My sorrow turned into deliverance without regret as I finally forgave my Dad.

"Help us Father to not be as spoiled children who accept Your forgiveness without giving that forgiveness to others. In Your Son's name, Amen."

Dr. Bob, AZ