May 2, Tuesday

The AMI QT Devotionals from May 1-6 are provided by Pastor Charles Choe of Tapestry Church, Los Angeles.  Charles, a graduate of UC Riverside and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), is married to Grace, and they have three children: Chloe, Noah, and Camden.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

2 Corinthians 7:2-10

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

When I was in middle school, I was caught shoplifting some candy at a local grocery store. It was a random stranger who turned me in to the store manager. When I was confronted by the manager, I pleaded with him to let me go, that I was sorry and I would never do it again. The manager gave me a tongue lashing, but for some reason, he did not turn me over to the police. Maybe he thought it was not worth his time to report such a petty theft. But here’s the thing: I found myself shoplifting again, no more than a month after my sorrowful repentance.

Here is what the Bible teaches us today: there is an infinite difference between confessing your sin and feeling true sorrow for your sin. We are told that we can repent and even grieve over our sins, but if it is not accompanied by true sorrow or true regret, it will eventually lead to death. We will return to that same sin as a dog returns to his vomit. That is why we need to feel grief and sorrow so deep that we will find ourselves drawn not just to the consequence of sin, but will have real hatred for the actual sin itself.

In other words, a heart that is truly seeking the Lord will have a sense of genuine sorrow for sin. That sorrow will lead to a change of attitude in the heart, which will ultimately lead to a change in the choices we make in life. It is possible. We can find obedience to God become increasingly easier as we feel more deeply regretful over our sins.

Take some time today in your prayer, and ask the Lord to search your heart so that He can expose to you the areas of your life where you can apply godly sorrow. Ask Him to leave no stones unturned. As you do that, the Holy Spirit will begin to convict you of the areas you may need to take action in. Ask God to help you obey. In your obedience, you will find abundant life!

Prayer: Father, to be honest, there has been many times I have done something I knew to be wrong, but casually asked You for forgiveness, not really considering the seriousness of my sin.  Forgive me, Lord, for not approaching You with a heart of true sorrow for offending Your Most Holy Throne. Lord, help me to approach You sincerely and honestly with a heart determined to please You, even when I miss the mark. I want nothing more than to stand before You, pure and free from any chains that might bind me to this old world. Lord, I ask You to teach me godly sorrow and help me to quickly recognize when I offend You. Purify my heart, oh God, and help me to be a pleasing and submitted vessel of honor, set apart to glorify You—this is the desire of my heart! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Bible Reading for Today: Leviticus 26


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read 2 Samuel 12:1-13: And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”

Questions to Consider

  1. Consider how Nathan approached David about his sin? What are some lessons to learn when confronting someone who may be lost in sin?
  2. What does David’s response in verse 13 tell us about the nature of sin?
  3. Is there any sin in your life that you may be ignoring?

Notes

  1. There is wisdom in the way Nathan approaches David. He reasons with him, without attacking him or faulting him on matters not related to the sin at hand.
  2. All sin is ultimately against God. This doesn’t absolve our responsibility to make amends with the person we have sinned against, but ultimately, we must ask the Lord to make us right.
  3. Personal response.

EVENING REFLECTION

Meditate on this: “I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God’s will” (Joan of Arc).  Let’s not take sin lightly, not just because it hurts the one committing it, but more importantly, it grieves the heart of God the Father.

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