Sorry Not Sorry
I once saw someone post online that they never say sorry because it’s too negative. They focus on the positive by just saying thank you.
Instead of saying “sorry I was late” they say “thank you for waiting”
Instead of saying “sorry I misspoke” they say “thank you for understanding”
It sounds good at first glance, but that’s bad wisdom because it’s assuming that sorrow is bad.
Sorrow is not always a bad thing.
In the verse of the day today, 2 Corinthians 7:10 Paul says “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. “
Godly sorrow causes you to repent and change your ways.
The kind of sorrow that Paul is describing here is not hopeless condemnation, but actually feeling sorry enough to change your actions.
Worldly sorry does not cause us to turn from our sins.
We may feel bad about something, but then we go right back to the sin that we felt bad about.
The person with worldly sorrow says “I’m sorry” often but really means, “I’m sorry I got caught” Or “I’m sorry you feel that way” or “I’m sorry now can you just leave me alone about it”
People with worldly sorrow don’t change their behavior. They just keep doing what they said they were sorry about.
Many of us have “pet sins” we have been struggling with for a while. We feel bad about them, but not bad enough to eliminate them from our lives. This is worldly sorrow.
Godly sorrow has very different attributes.
Godly sorrow results in godly actions.
Godly sorrow means that you are ready to change whatever is necessary to get the sin out of your life.
Question Of The Day: Why is it so hard to say “I’m Sorry?” Or What do you think is the purpose of sorrow?