The physical and emotional trauma brought about by sin shouldn't surprise us but often it does. This is the picture of a repentant sinner, he knows he sinned, and knows that God knows also. It's "God's kindness that leads us toward repentance" Romans 2:3-5. "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death". 2 Cor 7:9-11
Here is Matthew Henry's commentary....
"Nothing will disquiet the heart of a good man so much as the sense of God's anger. The way to keep the heart quiet, is to keep ourselves in the love of God. But a sense of guilt is too heavy to bear; and would sink men into despair and ruin, unless removed by the pardoning mercy of God. If there were not sin in our souls, there would be no pain in our bones, no illness in our bodies. The guilt of sin is a burden to the whole creation, which groans under it. It will be a burden to the sinners themselves, when they are heavy-laden under it, or a burden of ruin, when it sinks them to hell. When we perceive our true condition, the Good Physician will be valued, sought, and obeyed. Yet many let their wounds rankle, because they delay to go to their merciful Friend. When, at any time, we are distempered in our bodies, we ought to remember how God has been dishonored in and by our bodies. The groaning's which cannot be uttered, are not hid from Him that searches the heart, and knows the mind of the Spirit"....
How would we grade our Gratitude for His Grace in our lives today?
1= not given it much thought to it
10 = dependent on Him as much as we need our next breath
Mondays with Michael Spencer: The Boat in the Backyard - From CM: This is one story I always think about around Father’s Day, and one of Michael’s most personal and very best posts. • • • When I was twelve years ...
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