"O Death, where is your sting?"
Morality teaches me about God. I say that because I’ve never made a decision true to the Word of God that I regretted. That’s huge. I’ve never regretted being more loving, giving, or compassionate. Yet I’ve always regretted when I ran against the Word of God. There are so many false religions or scientific viewpoints that beckon awful and regret filled decisions. I’ve watched tv and read books that give advice that is damaging, ridiculous, and stupid. Yet when I look at the Word of God it constantly shows me how true it is.
Like… I think it’s incredible how much the Bible has gotten right. Today I’m dwelling on and in sorrow.
"For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death."
There is such a huge difference between the sorrow of a Christian who can cling to hope and the sorrow and shame of the world. Worldly grief produces death. That’s profound man. Like…
I’ve been prideful, bitter, complained, done terrible things. No one likes to be called out on that, or called out on sin. The process is awkward, embarrassing, and painful. The thought of having to continue after being shamed is shocking. Seriously, people commit suicide over everything from school grades to what others think. When this world brings grief over wrong, when this world brings shame, it is so damaging. Yet the bible says we as Christians can take that sorrow… that pain… rather than being overwhelmed with sorrow we can change. We can use that and make it our fuel to change our lives.
It produces in us a repentance, a turning away from our problems, be it laziness to drug abuse.
I’m thinking about that today. Really sin and a lack of repentance is a road to death, even when alive, it can feel so shameful, wicked, and terrible to be alive. Yet loving God, having faith is all about life. There is this beautiful freedom in being no longer a slave to sin! So today I am praising God, and loudly proclaiming “O Death, where is your sting?”
Death has been so defeated, he’s over with, he’s old news. Christ has defeated the enemy. He has risen and ended the reign of death. That’s something worth celebrating.