What I Read Today;
2 Corinthians 7; Mark 11; Ezekiel 25; Proverbs 17-18; 1 Kings 1
2 Corinthians 7 vs. 10, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” NIV
Recently, I had an individual who works for me call me on a Saturday afternoon. He had backed into a dumpster and damaged one of the company’s trucks. The company I work for has a rather rigorous process that we have to follow after such an incident occurs. The process includes a conference call in which the Vice President of Operations and the Senior Vice President of Operations will interview the individual who was involved in the accident.
On the day that we had the conference call, my staff member calmly told everyone on the phone that he wasn’t looking behind him, and he just inadvertently backed into the dumpster. He didn’t hide anything or make excuses.
His honesty stunned all of the individuals on the call. One even commented that it was rare for someone to be so completely honest.
Because of his honesty, my team member received a light corrective action, and some re-training, and nothing more.
Too often, when people make a mistake, their natural inclination is to lie or deflect. We have a world full of people who take no responsibility.
When it comes to God, that’s where things get really problematic. God expects us to recognize who we are. He also expects us to understand who God is. We need to realize that our Sin cost Jesus his life. Sin is not a light-hearted joke that we can simply laugh off. Sin is serious business. Furthermore, tolerating Sin in our lives and the world leads to accepting Sin. This acceptance of Sin is a real problem today in our society.
We need to recognize Sin for what it is. Then we need to repent of our Sin and turn and struggle not to do it again. We may spend a lifetime struggling with a particular Sin. But there is a difference in struggling with a Sin and accepting or tolerating a Sin.
True repentance leads us to the cross. That’s the very place that we need to go!