July 27th, 2016
Do You Agree with God About Sin?
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. (2 Corinthians 7:8-9 KJV)
Paul understood that there is a big theological difference in a person feeling sorry for their sin and feeling sorry he or she got caught in sin. A person with genuine godly repentance for their sin has chosen to agree with God about the nature of their sin.
Paul was explaining to the church that only one “flavor of repentance” will get you to heaven, the other two will cause you to work hard, to be moral and upstanding trying to change your own actions to improve and modify your life. None of these works will usher man into right fellowship with God.
Humbleness of Spirit will allow the holy presence of God to reside in your heart through the spiritual fuel of faith. Genuine repentance is having a softened heart condition towards God. It is choosing to agree with God about the nature of sin turning from the darkness of sin to the holiness and righteousness of God.