2 CORINTHIANS 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
I believe it was Thomas Jefferson, in the American Declaration of Independence who said that among the unalienable rights of every man were "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". It seems to me that we have elevated the pursuit of happiness to beyond what he probably had in mind. We seem to have developed this idea as a society that happiness is the only goal worth pursuing and anything that does not bring us happiness ought to be rejected. Therefore, 'sorrow' should be avoided at all costs. here in today's reading, Paul offers a different perspective to the Corinthians. There is a helpful and healthy place for sorrow in our lives, especially if it is sorrow that drives us to repentance and back into the arms of God. There is a lot of pain and sorrow and hurt and frustration in the world at the best of times, but also particularly now as we all go through more Covid-19 lockdowns. How is your response to the difficulties of the current situation turning you, or encouraging others, to turn to God?
Heavenly Father, it is often difficult to see any good in situations which cause us to feel negative emotions, but you tell us in your word that you work all things for the good of those who love you. Help me to turn to you when I am sad or hurting or frustrated or scared, and remind me that I will always find life and hope in you. Amen