Posted by: bshelley | April 26, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 28, 2008

Today’s Verse: 2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. NASB

I get asked sometimes how old one should be to be baptized. My answer is consistently that they have to be old enough to show sorrow for their sins with an understanding that it was their sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. Having a brokenness over that realization is necessary to produce the repentance that leads, in Christ, to a new life. That comprehension is often times not there on into adulthood. Just because someone can understand the words does not mean they have been discipled appropriately to the point of reaching that brokenness that occurs when all that really sinks in. That is what I look for when someone comes concerning baptism. You can have obedience without faith or the reverse of faith without obedience. Both fall short of an appropriate response to seeing sin as sin and having Godly sorrow and repentance as a result. Several things in this verse caught my attention. For instance, “sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret,”. God is not looking for people who are sorry they got caught sinning. He wants us to repent without regret. Never looking back longing for the good old days of sin and worldliness like Lot’s wife did. Godly repentance results in a changed life filled with joy, not regret. I occasionally hear people talking about their life before Christ with much more energy and enthusiasm than I ever hear about their new life. The second thing that comes to mind on this verse is the grim reminder that the world’s way produces nothing but death. Apart from Christ, people may be very good at putting up a front for the world to see, but deep down they are empty and see no purpose for their lives. They need God. They need to see Christians living very different lives filled with joy and purpose. They need to see God’s forgiveness, love and salvation reflected in us like a lighthouse guiding them safely to the harbor of God’s refuge and peace. They need to see that we are looking forward with purpose, not backwards with regret. Live your life today filled to overflowing with His love. Let it spill out on everyone you come in contact with and tell them they too can live lives without regret. It begins with us living for Him. You can make a difference today.

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