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Gainesboro First UMC
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Pastor's Desk

   

Pastor Tim Dunavant, Josh, Staci, and Mikayla

 

 

“For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.”

 

2 Corinthians 7: 9-11

 

 

 

Paul writes these words in his second letter to the church in Corinth. They are a response to the fact that in his first letter, he had to offer some correction and rebuke. This saddened the church. But here, he is commending the church because they utilized this opportunity by allowing the sorrow to be godly sorrow. They didn’t get offended or hurt. They didn’t wallow in guilt. They took the honest words of their pastor, Paul, and allowed them to pierce their heart and turn them back to God. This is what is meant by godly sorrow that leads to repentance.

 

In today’s society, many of us would prefer to ignore correction or just take offense with it. When we read the word of God, or hear a message that speaks against what we currently believe or how we act, how do we deal with that? Do we get offended? Do we ignore it? Or do we allow it to lead us to repentance? This is an important question to ask at this time of year. Very shortly, April will be here, and we will be celebrating the resurrection of Christ throughout holy week, and on Easter Sunday. And when I say celebrate, I’m not talking about egg hunts and ham dinners. I’m talking about a full awareness and recognition of the overwhelming gift of grace and salvation made available to us through the eternal acts that are forever memorialized by the cross in the empty tomb. And the only way to truly celebrate this great gift of God is to first be aware that you need it.

 

That means we have to be convicted of our sins. We have to be aware of where we have fallen short. And we have to let that awareness break our pride. That is godly sorrow. But we can’t stop there. We have to then submit to the power of God to rid us of those actions and help us live a holy life. That is godly sorrow that leads to repentance. And that is what the six-week period leading up to Easter is all about. We call it Lent. I pray you will join us during this season. I don’t just mean join us by physically being here. But that you will join us in the spirit by accepting the correction of the Lord, allowing it to create godly sorrow, and letting it lead you to repentance. Then we can truly bow in humble adoration at the foot of the cross on Easter morning and there proclaim “My God! How great thou art!”