The Right Kind of Sorrow
When we think of the word "sorrow" we think of sad, heavy, bad feelings right!
I think one of the worst kinds of sorrow is mental illness because it can take away a person's desire to live. I wouldn't wish that type of suffering on anyone. In my profession as a Mental Health Counselor I have seen 1st hand the devastating affects mental health can have on a person and their loved ones and as a Christian I can only pray for them and try to help them.
However, there is another kind of sorrow and it comes from God! I know, you're saying "say what now"??? Yes it's true. God will allow sorrow to come into your life so that something good can come out of it! Let me give you an example;
A person may find themselves in a position where selling drugs to feed their family is the only option they see. The money is rolling in, they're able to sustain the family, live large, etc. Unbeknownst to them that action or lifestyle offends God on so many levels. They get busted and now must spend time in jail away from their family, facing unknown dangers in jail, etc. Not only is that person "suffering", so is the family. Now they have nothing but time to sit and think about their transgressions.
You may look at your own life and see areas where your actions are offensive to God (lying, stealing, cheating, etc.) And realize the "sorrow" you've been experiencing as a result.
Statistics show that inmates who become involved in a prison Bible study reduced their recidivism by 66%. Prison Chaplains report that religion- related programs in prison are absolutely "critical" to successful rehabilitation of inmates.
You see, God will use that sorrow to rescue that person from his wrong or evil life and for that we cannot regret! That is nothing to feel sorrowful about! That person's sorrow may last for a short time but their joy will never end.
"For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death." 2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV
Makes you look at sorrow in a different way now, doesn't it? 🤔
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