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Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Sorrow
September 22, 2019

Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Sorrow

We continue our series “Hot Mess- Following God in the Chaos of Life” with the sermon “Sorrow”. All of us have experienced sorrow in some form. It can come to us in so many different ways. Loss, rejection, abuse, and hurt are each just a small tip of the iceberg of sorrow in our lives. In 2 Corinthians 7:4-11, Paul has grieved over the Corinthians, but he has also caused them sorrow. He tells them that God’s sorrow can transform their lives. This is hard to imagine, that sorrow can actually help us, but it is not just any type of grief. It‘s grief that makes us realize that we are headed in the wrong direction and now is the time to correct our course! What are some things that can help us correct our course? In these words, Paul gives us great direction for following God in the hot mess of our lives! As you read these words, let them transform your grief into the joy of God’s presence! 2 Corinthians 7:4-11: 4 I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 5 For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn-- conflicts on the outside, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever. 8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it-- I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while-- 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. (NIV)

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