LESSON 12 20/5/2018
EXPRESSION OF GODLY SORROW AND HEAVENLY FOCUS
Suggested Hymn: G.H.B. 10, 13
Devotional Reading: Col. 3:1-11
Topic For Adults: Accept It For Heaven’s Sake
Topic For Youth: Maintaining Positive Disposition To Divine Rebuke
Topic For Intermediate: Don’t Resist Divine Correction
Lesson Scriptures: 2 Cor. 7:6-11; Ps. 51:1-4; Phil. 3:17-21; Heb. 11:13-16
MEMORY VERSE: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death” 2 Cor. 7:10 (NKJV)
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Expression Of Sorrow Not Enough
2 Sam. 12:13-15
Most often, when Christians are caught in sinful acts and are exposed, they become sorrowful and remorseful. The expression of sorrow may not be because they acknowledge that they have sinned against God, but because their sins have been exposed. The former type is referred to as godly sorrow, which leads to repentance and restoration. David acknowledged his sin of adultery; hence, he repented and pleaded with God for restoration. Believers need to know that ultimately every sin is committed against God. Although it’s necessary to seek the forgiveness and pardon from and reconciliation with man, God’s forgiveness is paramount. Whenever we’re reproofed or convicted of any sin, we need to run to God for forgiveness and cleansing, lest the devil takes advantage of us. David was however not relieved of the consequences of his sin against Beersheba, but he was delivered from its ultimate penalty, which is eternal separation from God.
Point of Emphasis: Expression of sorrow is not enough; we must sincerely seek God’s forgiveness and be duty bound to Him for service.
Prayer Point: O Lord, deliver me from every sinful tendency.