by Douglas Phillips, Esq.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of
the world worketh death. —2 Corinthians 7:10
Of all the recommendations one might make to the father seeking to lead his family, or the young woman aspiring to a happy marriage, or the son hoping to chart a victorious course in life, or the wife who desires to honor God as a mother, the most important is the most basic: To have the blessing of God, you must repent of your sin.
Success in life is not a function of brilliance, or strategy, or effort, but of blessing. Those who remain unrepentant should not expect the blessing of the Lord. Unrepentance is not only an impediment to the very object of our life — true unity with God — but it leads to the judgment of the Lord. It is the single greatest roadblock to family vision.
But repentance must be sincere. It must spring from “godly sorrow.” Too often “repentance” is the experience of offering a half-hearted and self-serving apology to God and man, mixed with large amounts of blame-shifting, pride, and a desire to be done with the whole matter so you don’t ever have to deal with it again. It is the “I have said I am sorry on my terms and in my way, and there is nothing more I need to do, so if that is not good enough for you, then you are the one in sin” attitude.
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