This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
If I had to choose between being happy or being sad, well, I’d choose … happy. Wouldn’t you?
There can be a myriad of reasons why a person might be sad. Some folks have medical issues that can lead to chronic depression. Others might have unresolved issues with friends, deep rooted fears, or even the loss of a loved one that can lead to sadness. Some of these reasons can be helped with medication, counseling, or even talking to a friend. There is nothing to be ashamed of when these are the reasons for sadness, we just need to ask for help.
Sometimes the root cause of sadness is sin. When I’ve done something I know is wrong, I will struggle with the conviction of the Holy Spirit and yes, I will experience a sense of “sorrow”. This kind of sorrow has the potential to lead to something positive in my life if I let it. Paul wrote about how one of his letters had caused the Corinthians “sorrow” –
“Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.” (2 Corinthians 7:9)
Here’s the bottom line. If you are struggling with real sorrow over your sin, turn around. Turn to Jesus. Ask Him for help. He longs to help you and forgive you. Maybe even reach out to a friend. God can use this sorrow for good, your good.