Got Sorrow?

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The kind of sorrow God wants makes people change their hearts and lives. This leads to salvation, and you cannot be sorry for that. But the kind of sorrow the world has brings death. II Corinthians 7:10

Sorrow or grieving is feeling bad or shame for something you’ve done. There are two kinds of sorrow. One kind of sorrow comes from the world, from people who don’t know God. Often they will ignore your pain or make it worse. Because you did something wrong, you’re shameful, you’re bad. You get labeled.

Godly sorrow is different. We realize how we dishonored God and hurt people. We feel bad. We grieve, We have sorrow about that. But instead of just feeling bad, we turn to God. We trust He made us clean because of Jesus. We believe God has adopted us. He loves us. He forgives us. He has given us honor and taken away shame. Yes, the sorrow hurts too. But then we have true peace. No need to look back. No regrets for turning to God.

Have you been adopted into God’s family?

Ready? Wise and Foolish from Matthew 25:1-13

One group is wise and ready. The other group is foolish and not ready. One group honors a bride and groom. The other group insults them. What can we learn for life in Seattle? More importantly, What can we learn for life with Jesus?

There’s no audio. Here’s the summary: Weddings in Jesus’ day were very different from most weddings here in America. They happened at night, and there were no street lights. The groom would go to the brides house. The grooms male friends would carry torches to light the way. When the got to the bride’s house, the groom and his friends and the bride and her friends would all go to the new house for the wedding and party. The brides friends, virgins, were responsible for carrying torches for bride’s group.

Carrying torches was a big honor. It showed honor to the bride and groom. 5 of the brides friends were ready with extra oil for the torches, 5 didn’t bring extra oil. The virgins lit their torches, but the groom was very late. When the groom and his friends showed up, all the torches needed more oil, but only 5 brought extra. Share? There wouldn’t be enough oil for 10 torches to burn long enough. All 10 would go out and that would be a big insult to the bride and groom. The 5 foolish weren’t ready. They had to go try and buy oil late at night. Too late.

The 5 foolish didn’t honor the bride and groom. They dishonored them. When the 5 foolish showed up late for the party, the groom cut them off. He shamed the 5 foolish.

So, are you ready? Ready for snow and ice in Seattle? More importantly, are you ready for Jesus to come again?

Mt. 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

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Suppose a very good friend just died. You find out, and you feel bad. You mourn. Suppose you do something wrong and people find out. You feel shame, You feel bad. You mourn.

Jesus says His people who mourn are blessed. Huh? Last week we learned that people with a poor spirit are blessed. Those people know they need God. God honors them through Jesus. What happens when we realize how wrong or dishonorable we’ve been? We feel bad. We mourn. God will comfort us. He tells us that He’s adopted us. He gives us honor through Jesus. He gives us forgiveness through Jesus.

God’s comfort is a special blessing to us. It’s OK to feel bad when you understand how much you’ve failed. But don’t stay there. Remember God has adopted you into his family. Let that comfort you. Let God comfort you. And thank Jesus for making that possible.

Mt. 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Part 2

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If you have a US passport, that means America is your home. You can visit other countries, AND you have the right to come home. If you get in trouble in another country, you can contact the embassy for help. Sometimes the government will even send people to rescue you.

Jesus said His followers who are poor in spirit are blessed because they have a new passport. It’s not for a country on earth. It’s with Jesus. God’s ways. No more sin, no more hurt. We don’t live there yet, but it is our new home. You can call to Jesus for help. When you die, you go to a much better home. Christian, remember you have a new passport.

Mt. 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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If you’re really rich, you might think you don’t need anyone. If you’re hungry, buy food. Go to a restaurant. Buy the restaurant!

If you’re poor, you don’t have power. You need help. You depend on others for what you need. Do you depend on yourself? That is a ‘spirit rich’ person. Do you know you have to depend on God? That is a ‘spirit poor’ person. Most of us don’t like to think of ourselves as ‘spirit poor’.

But Jesus says His Kingdom belongs to people who know they are ‘spirit poor’. God gives hope and peace now to humble people. God gives grace now to people who know they need Him.