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GOD USES SORROW FOR GOOD

“For God sometimes uses sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek
eternal life. We should never regret his sending it. But the sorrow of the man who is
not a Christian is not the sorrow of true repentance and does not prevent eternal
death.”
2 Corinthians 7:10
A man called Frank often referred to himself proudly as a self-made man. He bragged that
in his youth he had been so poor he didn’t have anything. Now his real estate holdings and
various business enterprises were worth billions. He was a pillar in the community, able to
give generously to civic and philanthropic causes.  His philosophy was that there was no
God, and every man had to make it on his own. He laughed at the weaklings who needed
the crutch of church.
Then his world began to fall apart. His only son was sent to prison for pushing drugs. His
daughter had an automobile accident that left her partially paralyzed for life; and his wife,
whom he had largely ignored for years, announced she was in love with someone else and
demanded a divorce. Meanwhile, because he had become lax in his business dealings, one
of his partners embezzled several million dollars from him.
By this time, he was devastated, and, therefore, was open to spiritual counsel. After the
Holy Spirit showed him his spirit of pride and selfishness, he opened his heart to Christ and
the miracle took place. Now, he frequently quotes this passage: “God sometimes uses
sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek eternal life.”
Though his son is still in prison, and his daughter still paralyzed, he and his wife are
reconciling, and his heart is filled with joy and thanksgiving to God. He is no longer a proud,
“successful” businessman, but a humble child of God, a servant who discovered the hard
way that everyone needs God.
For every Frank there are hundreds of others experiencing heartache and tragedy who
have not repented. Yet, God offers to all men and women the priceless gift of abundant and
supernatural life. Decide to give Christ everything today! This is a decision you can never
regret. In this process, God heals all our emotional wounds.
“When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise,a man is
hidden. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh
them shall have mercy” Proverbs 28:12-14
Make a decision today and say to yourself: “I shall seek to live the full, abundant,
supernatural life, walking in faith and obedience, so that God will not find it necessary to
discipline me in order to bless me.” Shalom!

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