UNHAPPY REVEALS HAPPY
“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”—2 Corinthians 7:10
Happy people were once unhappy people. How do we know happy unless we know what unhappy is? Is it godly sorrow or worldly sorry? One leads to salvation, the other, death. Jesus said “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” In the Beatitudes, the word “blessed” when used by Jesus is interchangeable with “happy.”
It can be confusing. Aren’t we either happy or unhappy? Before we can be truly happy, we were and must be unhappy. In our unhappiness, we see our true situation before God. That state is our sinful state in the flesh as man. We mourn over that state. The word Jesus used for “mourn” is the most severe of Greek words for grief found in the Scriptures. It is reserved for mourning the dead.
To be comforted in our sinful condition, to be blessed as one who mourns our sinful state, we must truly and earnestly cry out to God and mourn our condition and then we shall find comfort. “It is as wrong to mourn when God has forgiven us as it is to rejoice when sin has conquered us.” WARREN WIERSBE
It is better to mourn now and laugh later, THAN
To laugh now and mourn later.
We experience the true happiness of God that He wants us to experience when we really mourn our sinful condition and truly repent of it.
Have you ever shed a tear over a sin in your life?
Have you ever done something you were ashamed and wept over it?
I CERTAINLY HAVE.
THE VERSE TODAY SAYS THAT GODLY SORROW WILL PRODUCE REPENTANCE. THIS IS A GOOD THING. PROPER MOURNING OF OUR SIN CAN PRODUCE TANGIBLE RESULTS.
“It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors.” Arthur W. Pink