“For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” (2 Corinthians 7:11 NKJV)
I grew up in Birmingham and was privileged to have several Krispy Kreme doughnut shops located in the city. Their doughnuts are good but if you ever have one that’s hot, right out of the fryer, it’s an experience that rivals any dessert you’ve ever eaten. Krispy Kreme knows this and has Hot Lights at each location that come on when the doughnuts are fresh.
The lure of hot doughnuts when the hot light is on is so strong, I’ve seen cars cut across 4 lanes of traffic making a bee line for Krispy Kreme. I confess, I’ve done it too.
Righteousness, holiness, and godly living are more attractive than fresh hot doughnuts. When God shines his light in our lives we should hunger for his ways. Paul says one of the factors that caused the church at Corinth to repent was a vehement desire. It’s the kind of desire that moves you to action.
When we’re wrong we should have a desire to clear ourselves of any wrong and a desire to have a closer relationship with God. We should also have a desire for godliness that would cause us to change course and make a bee line for God like a car cutting lanes for the hot light.