Sorrow and Joy | Paradox Part 4 | St. George Campus
There’s a difference between the FACTS of guilt and the FEELINGS of guilt.
2 Corinthians 7:8-9 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while—9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.
TODAY’S PARADOX: Godly sorrow HURTS but at the same time it HELPS.
REPENTANCE: agreeing with God about my sin.
PENANCE: appeasing God for my sin.
Romans 7:18b-19 For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
God intends for us to never experience guilt again, only CONVICTION.
2 Corinthians 7:9b-10 For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
EARTHLY sorrow manipulates with guilt. GODLY sorrow motivates with conviction.
Guilt is a strong motivation, but it plays on our fears of failure and rejection; therefore, it can never ultimately build, encourage, or inspire us in our desire to live for Christ. – Robert S. McGee.
The difference between guilt and conviction:
- Guilt is focused on identity. Conviction on activity.
- Guilt is self-focused. Conviction is Christ-focused.
- Guilt runs from punishment. Conviction runs towards God.
- Guilt is meant to shame us. Conviction is meant to change us.
- Guilt leads to isolation. Convictions
2 Corinthians 7:11 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. At every point, you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
2 Corinthians 7:12-13 So even though I wrote to you, it was neither on account of the one who did the wrong nor on account of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 By all this we are encouraged.
BOTTOM LINE: In the Gospel, Godly sorrow leads to Godly JOY.
1. Do you feel guilty for speeding? Why or why not? Why are the feelings of guilt different from person to person?
2. In your opinion, what is
3. Read 2 Corinthians 7. What’s the hope of Godly Sorrow?
4. Have you ever experienced a time in which Godly sorrow motivated you towards change? Explain.
5. Read through the differences between guilt and conviction. Which one stands out to you as most helpful, why?
6. Is there something in your life now that you feel guilty about? How can conviction breathe new life into that situation?