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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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I'm Sorry - Really

"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 Cor. 7:11).

I have been known from time to time to quote an old movie line, so here goes again. In the 1970 movie Love Story there is a famous line that says; "Love means never having to say you're sorry." It may have been a great line, (13th on the all-time movie list) but I think that it is a lousy thought. When I perform wedding ceremonies, a line that I use goes something like this; "Love means being able to say you're sorry....and really mean it!!!! I believe that the correct kind of sorrow is able to bring about the right kind of change in behavior. This is true repentance, and it is a life changer. Without this Godly sorrow that leads us to repentance, people have a tendency to harbor improper thoughts. These thoughts such as indignation, revenge, vindication and even fear can lead us to do things that we should not do.

When speaking to King Agrippa, the apostle Paul said this; "First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, also I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds (Acts 26:20). This is really the heart of what repentance is all about, isn't it...It brings us to really walking down the paths that the Lord has set before us. When our Godly sorrow leads us into true repentance, it will be reflected in our daily service. Not a wishy-washy service done out of guilt, but real service done for the right reasons. "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Eph. 2:10).

To the erring Christian it is necessary to get us back on the right walk, and for the unbeliever it is a step toward salvation. Being humble enough to admit wrongs, and strong enough to repent are all part of getting closer to our God. These thoughts are certainly worthy of meditating about..That old movie line looks pretty trite, doesn't it...

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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