Sorrow is something we would rather not experience. To experience sorrow is to experience pain. Tears are often associated with sorrow. We would rather not experience it. But, sorrow can be good.
Sorrow can lead a person to make changes in our lives.
In II Corinthians 7, Paul talks about a severe letter he sent to the church in Corinth. That letter evidently caused the church some pain and sorrow. Then, in 7:9 Paul says “Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways.”
Think about the last words of that verse… “…the pain caused you to repent and change you ways.” Paul doesn’t tells us what they had to repent of but, the sorrow they experienced from the letter he wrote caused them sorrow and led them to repent.
Sorrow should do the same for us. But, let’s be honest… we have a tendency today to glory in our sin. When we sin, as Christians, it should bother us. If it doesn’t we have a deeper problem.
We all make mistakes… we all slip at times… but when we do, it should bother us. It should trouble us. It should trouble us enough that it leads to repentance.
Does it bother us that we gossip? Does it bother us that we fail to read our Bible? Does it bother us that we don’t tithe? Does it bother us that we have hatred toward someone? Does it bother us that we have judged someone?
Sorrow should lead us to repentance. Instead of boasting about our sin or laughing about it… it should bother us. Today, may the Lord cause us all sorrow in areas we have sinned.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, “I would sooner be holy than happy if the two things could be divorced. Were it possible for a man always to sorrow and yet to be pure, I would choose the sorry if I might win the purity, for to be free from the power of sin, to be made to love holiness, is true happiness.”