Good Grief is Really Good!
2 Corinthians 7
What comes to mind when you hear the word repentance?
“When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” - Martin Luther
What leads us to repentance?
2 Corinthians 7:10
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”
Two kinds of Grief
- Worldly Grief leads to death.
- Godly Grief leads to salvation, and leaves no regret.
3 Characteristics of Godly Grief
- Honesty before Christ
- Change Through Christ
Sin must be refused and starved, not played with and fed. - Sinclair Ferguson
- Hope in Christ
The Example of David in Psalm 51
Pleading for God's Mercy (51:1-2)
Confessing and Admitting Sin (51:3-5)
Desiring Fellowship (51:6-12)
The Longing for a Pure Heart (51:10, 12)
Requesting God’s presence (51:11)
Proclaiming God's Grace (51:13-15)
Offering a Repentant Heart (51:16-17)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”