Deeply despondent as sorrow may make us, however, self-pity is not the same thing as godly sorrow. Soaking in the hot tub of self-pity does not do for us what godly sorrow does—namely, brace us! Godly sorrow is like going from a sauna into a snowbank; it produces a tingly, spiritual stimulation. Unchallenged luke-warmness and apathy, on the other hand, leave little room for bringing about improvement: "I would thou wert cold or hot," the Lord said (Revelation 3:15). Dissonance has its dangers, but apathy surely does not bring about "a desire to believe."
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Today's Maxwell Quote
From Men and Women of Christ (1991), 76-77: