January 13th, 2020
Human Reasoning, Consensus, or Conviction?
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 (KJB) 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. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Being sad, apologetic, and sorrowing unto repentance are radically different avenues in life. Each of us is personally responsible for recognizing God and choosing whether to agree with Him or not about the nature of sin.
Sadly, many choose to follow the palatable consensus of this world rather than align themselves with the holy nature of God and to apply His truth personally.
Not only do evaluations, such as human reasoning, consensus, and conviction, give us different interpretations concerning sin. Each leads to different outcomes. Sadness and apologies concerning sin can be either sincere sorrow or fleeting emotions and faulty human reasoning. Understanding concerning sin is either based on the ageless truths of God or relying on lies of this world. A passing sensitivity to the presence of sin will only lead to shallow emotional responses. However, genuine sadness about sin will lead to sincere repentance and a lasting heart change towards God and sin.
Sincere conviction brings sorrow and repentance towards God concerning sin and certainty of eternal life. Shallow emotional responses can bring momentary sadness, regret, and fleeting guilt, but no lasting life changes and only head knowledge concerning everlasting life.
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