Sorrow That Heals

Dolores Nasrallah

READ : 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

A beautiful young Hope College student stumbled into my office apologetically one day. As a college chaplain I learned to make time for those unexpected visits. The young woman seemed weighed down with a problem. I invited her to sit down and share her concern. Although she had been raised in a solid Christian family, the rebellion of her high school years had tarnished her life. She could hide it no longer.

A dating relationship led her to lose her virginity. After years of bottled up pain and regret, she finally mustered the courage to confess it to her boyfriend. She was bound by her self-inflicted anger for poor choices she had made. Guilt and shame weighed heavy on her.

We talked about the gift of godly sorrow. Her willingness not only to acknowledge her sin but turn away from it was proof of the work of the Holy Spirit in her life. Gradually her sadness lifted as she began to thank God for the gift of genuine repentance. As she allowed light to scatter the darkness of her past, a trusting relationship emerged. God began to feel less like a condemning enemy and more like a forgiving friend. How can you allow God to free you from the grief of past mistakes?

PRAYER

God, let the warmth of your light heal my darkness.