Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
12/12/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 83: Godly Sorrow
Our sin is an offense against God; it alienates us from God and from other believers. We do not have the authority to forgive ourselves; we must repent and turn away from the sin.
Hating sin is different from hoping you won’t get caught, or dreading the consequences. True godly sorrow results from seeing how defiling sin is, the way God sees it.
2 Cor.7:9-11 godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret; worldly grief produces death.
The word confess means agree. God calls it sin; when we truly confess sin, we agree with God.
If peace comes through logic alone, that’s the flesh talking. We can try to ease our troubled conscience by reasoning through Scripture, instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to apply it.
Isa.55:7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that God may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
We might read this verse and assure ourselves that we have turned from the sin. But if we immediately return to the sin, we never truly repented, and God didn’t pardon.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.