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May 10, 2017, 10:43 AM

Good tears vs. Bad tears

Church Family,

I walked into the room all prayed up and ready to share the gosepl. After a quick question to check the person openness to the gospel it hit me. Their response to the question was, "I know I've been living like the devil and I'm sorry."

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

1st I truly believe the person meant what they said.

2nd this morning I woke up with a cloud over me. It was filled with disappointment, hurt, anger, etc. I woke up ready to apologize to my wife and the world for being such a terrible person, but notice that my sorrow wasn't leading me to God. So during my prayer time God simply knocked on my heart. Brian, you have a sorrow that leads to death, but not repentance. You see Satan loves to make us feel bad. He loves it more when we go on an, "I am sorry" tour to everyone that was affected by our wrongs, but Satan never wants us to get things right with who really matters. I believe that many people are suffering from this. They TRULY are sorry, but have not realized that only God can restore them. Their apologies while heartfelt, aren't enough. Their depression from it is real. The feeling of just not wanting to be around others is real. The temptation to walk in death is real. 

So let me tell you what your sin and Satan are not telling you. Jesus loves to restore people. He loves to save us. He loves to take our shame, sin, guilt, hurt, pain, wounds, and nail them to the cross where His precious blood not only pays for our sins, but also cleanses us from them.

If you are walking in sorrow, find another mature believer and talk with them. My wife and I would consider it an honor to walk with you through your journey of faith. There are many other believers who are willing to do the same thing. 

3rd the person truly meant they were sorry, but all their sorrow was directed at the people they had hurt. I pray that one day they will realize they need to turn from their sin, ask God to forgive them and trust in Jesus for salvation. Psalm 51:3-4 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me4Against you(God), you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

Reminders:

1) Family Fun Night begins at 6pm. We are eating pizza, playing wiffle ball, and bingo.

2) Friday night out for youth is inviting all parents and upcoming youth to join them for Friday night out. Come and learn more about our youth program starting at 6:30pm

3) Tell others about your Faith in Christ today. Go and Invite others to join us tonight, Friday, and Sunday for Mother's Day.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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