After 2 Corinthians 7:9-10
Imagine my surprise to learn
that grief can be a good thing,
not the cause of grief, exactly,
it’s not a good thing,
but the grief that results,
that sorrow, that internal weeping
and sobbing without sound.
Grief is good when grief leads
to change, when it leads
to repentance, not a momentary,
glancing thought of feeling sorry
(“I apologize if I offended anyone”)
but repentance as living
a life because living a life
of repentance, that heart and mind
and soul of personal knowledge
and personal sorrow, leads
to the cross.
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