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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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February 23, 2012 - Different Outcomes

By Greg Ebie

The power within a flame does not always have the same effect. A flame can be destructive and uncontrolled, as when a forest fire blackens thousands of acres or when a fire devastates a home. Contained in a campfire, a flame can be a joy to watch as family and friends gather to talk. A flame can be used to prepare a meal. The fire within a furnace can warm a house on a cold winter day. Fire can soften metals or it can harden clay.

Sorrow is much like a flame. Our distress can be a destructive emotion filling our lives with bitterness and regret. However, the sadness that comes into our lives need not be harmful. The value of sorrow depends upon how our spirits respond to it.

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Corinthians 7:10, NIV).

Worldly sorrow brings death. When we are caught in our sin, we may know that what we have done is wrong but still be drawn to the pleasure of sin. Such sorrow eats away at our spirits with inner conflict and eventually hardens our heart to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

For some, their hearts have turned as hard as rock and they only regret being discovered in their sin. When they are caught in the act, they are only sorry that their character has been tarnished.

But godly sorrow brings life! The sadness brought through the convicting whisper of the Holy Spirit works repentance into our lives. We turn from our sin and find God’s mercy and grace. Forgiveness restores our fellowship with God and, in turn, godly sorrow renews our relationships with our fellow man.

Godly sorrow brings such a transformation to our lives that we never live to regret our sorrow. As repentance grows, our sorrow diminishes. Though we grieve over our sin for a time, we enjoy the blessings of repentance more and more. All things have been made new. Such sorrow brings life.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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