Today you should read: 2 Corinthians 7:1-16
When I was a sophomore in high school, I had a brief period of deciding whether or not I really wanted to be “religious” and really follow Jesus or just go hangout at youth group and live the way I wanted.
One night I was at a friend’s house hanging out with some people who certainly did not want to follow Jesus. Not to get into too much detail, but the atmosphere didn’t encourage me to live for God. I was also with a girl at the time who did not know the Lord. Now, I have had what I would call a “close encounter with God” (where He spoke so clearly to me it was as close to audible as you could get) maybe 2 or 3 times in my life and this moment was one of them. As I sat there in this house with guys drinking and just living it up in their sin, an amazing and terrible sense of worry and regret hit me like a ton of bricks and God said to me, “What are you doing; is this going to be your life? Turn away from this stuff and follow me. Repent of this and come back to me.”
So I grabbed the bottles of alcohol at the house threw them out in the woods and ran off into the neighborhood to be alone with God. I cried and just openly confessed my sins and apathy to God and, from that time on, have never been the same.
When I read today’s passage, it brings all those memories back to me; thoughts of the godly sorrow that lead me to repent and turn back to God that night.
What about you?
Do you have that kind of story?
Have you ever been in sin and felt the Holy Spirit tug on your heart and cause you to feel badly and feel remorse?
Let Him! Don’t fight that. That is God’s kindness; meant to lead you to repentance. The amazing freedom and relief that comes when you release those sins to Jesus and allow Him to cleanse you is so refreshing. Maybe you have never had that feeling because you have run from or ignored that godly sorrow in your life. You enjoy the sin too much and don’t want to let it go.
Let it go.
Jesus wants to free you and give you an abundant life, but you can’t have that kind of freedom and that kind of life until you allow the sorrow God places in you to turn you to repentance and faith in Him. And trust me, it is way better than anything you can imagine.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd