Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret… (2 Cor 7:10).
There are still some morning I wake up with this tiny twinge in my heart of pain over the hurt I’ve experienced in this life from others. It’s not something that I want to be there, it just meets me some mornings when my thoughts carry me into that place. It’s hard not to go there when things are un-reconciled.
It’s a journey that I’m learning with God, of daily releasing those thoughts, that pain and those experiences to Him. The unfair treatment, the unjust dealings, and the rejection are not what define me, sometimes they just meet me to say hello and try to steal my heart away.
Even as Joseph stood before his brothers who deeply betrayed him, he did not retaliate. Instead, he let God handle it. The apostle Paul teaches us that until someone has true Godly sorrow, they will never repent. Pray then, not for vengeance against that person who hurt you, but instead pray for their repentance, so that they might grow more in Christ-likeness.
You can do this, really you can. You can learn to let go of your pain and not be defined by it. You can learn to release your anguish and hurt to Jesus. Truly, He really does redeem and restore. He loves you more than you will ever know.
So, if you’re ever like me and that tiny twinge of pain meets you throughout the day, practice letting it go and asking instead for God’s grace and joy to fill your heart. We must learn to let go because if we don’t our tiny twinges of pain will turn into catastrophic blasts of bitterness, resentment, and anger.
I don’t want to be a ticking time bomb of anger and resentment. I want to be a lighthouse of love to the hurting, but whenever I center my emotions on my pain my attention becomes drawn inward, not towards others whom God has given me to love, but in my past that is holding me captive.
Oh Lord, thank you that you meet me every day with joy. Thank you that I can know with great certainty that you care for me. Thank you that you love me. Truly, you are a great and mighty God and your love is my deepest treasure, in Jesus name, Amen.