You became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Cor. 7:9-10
Dear Lord Jesus, this quite timely portion of Scripture moves me to pray about my heart today, and in particular, it’s convict-ability. It would be impossible for me to overstate the joy and peace I have in being able to affirm, “There is now [and forevermore] no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
I praise you for completely exhausting the judgment I deserve for the multiple ways I fail to love God and my neighbors as commanded. God has now declared me to be righteous in you. Hallelujah, many times over.
But there’s a disconnect between the no condemnation for my sin and deep conviction about my sin. Through recent circumstances and in certain relationships, I can see that I haven’t been taking my sin as seriously as I should. I know this isn’t right, so I need your help. If anything, the gospel of grace should make for quicker and more repentances, not fewer.
To be specific, I’ve been indulging a critical spirit towards some people, and working too hard to maintain the approval of others. I’m also aware of the ever-lurking enticements of sexual sin and greed for more “stuff.” Left to myself, I am capable of acting out in very foolish and destructive ways.
Jesus, bring me to a fresh place of godly sorrow for my sin—the kind of good grief that will lead me to repent more quickly and yet not get weighed down with vain regrets. I know you don’t want me to put my conscience back under the law, but I’m equally sure you do want me to live with my conscience under the gospel. For your grace (more effectively than anything else) convicts and humbles, gentles and frees me, for living and loving to God’s glory.
Great is your faithfulness, kind are your ways, and sufficient is your grace. So very Amen I pray, in your merciful and mighty name.