"Godly sorrow works repentance." 2 Corinthians 7:10
spiritual mourning for sin is the work of the Spirit of God. Repentance
is too choice a flower to grow in nature's
garden. Pearls grow naturally in oysters - but penitence never shows
itself in sinners, unless divine grace works it in them. If you have one
particle of real hatred for sin -then God must have given it to you, for human
nature's thorns never produced a single fig! "That which is born of
the flesh is flesh!"
True repentance has a distinct reference to the
Savior. When we repent of sin, we must have one eye upon sin, and another
upon the cross. It will be better still, if we fix both our eyes upon Christ,
and see our transgressions only in the light of His love.
True sorrow for
sin is eminently practical. No man may say he hates sin, if he
lives in it. Repentance makes us see the evil of sin, not merely
as a theory, but experimentally - just as a burnt child dreads the fire!
We shall be as much afraid of sin, as a man who has lately been stopped
and robbed is afraid of the thief upon the highway. And we shall shun
sin, shun it in everything - not in great things only, but in little things,
as men shun little vipers as well as great ones.
for sin will make us very jealous over our tongue, lest we should say a
wrong word. We shall also be very watchful over our daily actions, lest
in anything we offend.
Each night we shall close the day with
painful confessions of shortcomings - and each morning awaken with anxious
prayers, that this day God would hold us up, that we may not sin against
Sincere repentance is continual. Believers repent until their
dying day. This sorrow for sin is not intermittent. Every other sorrow yields to
time - but this dear sorrow grows with our growth. It is so sweet a
bitter, that we thank God we are permitted to enjoy it until we enter our
~ Charles Spurgeon