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PASTOR’S LETTER…  

What’s the Difference?

In preparation for the sermon series in Lent, which has focused on “brokenness,” I have been thinking about the different ways we deal with broken things.

A couple years ago while I was driving along Rt. 45 a tree fell across the road in front of me. Although I swerved, driving through tree branches is not good for your

vehicle. I realized that parts of my car were broken; I took it to the dealership where they had the parts and knew exactly how to make it like new again.

At Easter time we have a small egg tree that my Dad made for us that we place on the mantle every year. Each Easter when we take it out of the box it is broken. I’m

not sure how Dad managed to get it together so nicely, but when I try fixing it myself with glue it just keeps falling apart.

Brokenness brings sorrow. There is a scripture in 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV) that states, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret,

but worldly sorrow brings death.” I thought about that verse and tried to grasp what the difference was between “godly sorrow,” and “worldly sorrow.” One brings repentance,

which leads to salvation with no regret and the other leads to death. But how do I know if I am experiencing a “godly sorrow” or just a “worldly sorrow?”

As we look at some Biblical people, maybe we can better understand. Peter and Judas, as disciples, both felt sorrow over the sinful ways they betrayed Jesus. King

David and Pontius Pilate, as rulers, felt sorrow over sinful things they had done. The difference that I see comes in how they dealt with their sorrow. Peter and King David

both grieved their sin, and took it to the Lord in confession and repentance (godly sorrow). Judas and Pilate, on the other hand, grieved their sin, but tried to fix it

themselves (worldly sorrow). They took matters into their own hands rather than taking it to the One who makes all things new.

I like the New Living Translation of 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There's no

regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”

As we celebrate the Easter season, we are grateful for the victory Jesus won for us over sin and death. Because of the empty tomb, all our sorrow can be “godly

sorrow.”

Thanks be to God!!

Because He lives…

 

 

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