2 Corinthians 7

Author

Bill Huffman

Scripture:

2 Corinthians 7

Observations

* We cleanse ourselves because we have these promises.

* "Defilement of flesh and spirit." No idea of spirit good, flesh bad here.
* Paul cares a great deal about the Corinthian believers.
* Affliction includes not only external things, but "fear within."
* God is where I should look for comfort.
* Paul sees some value in grieving the Corinthian believers because it brought them to repentance.
* Worldly grief produces death, but Godly grief produces repentance and leads to earnestness and salvation.
* Various aspects of this hard thing revealed their earnestness.
Perhaps this is one aspect of how trouble and hard times reveal the good work of God.
* Being comforted about the solidity of the Corinthian believer's faith was of great comfort to Paul. But possibly worth more to him was the joy Titus felt about the same thing.
* Seeing the good work of God refreshes our spirits.
* Paul spent his personal effort believing in the good work of God rather than in the fear of negative results.
* That believing in the good work of God was rewarded both in Titus and in the Corinthian believers.

Application:

I grieve things that are not as they should be. I see that it's not wrong to grieve, but that I should be sure that my grief is a "Godly grief" that produces repentance and not a worldly grief that produces death. When I grieve what I've done or what has happened, I should be sure to keep this contrast in front of me and look to God to ensure that my grief is a "Godly grief."

Prayer:

Lord, you know how my grief over something small or large often weighs me down. I ask that the Spirit will live in and through me in such a way that my grief becomes "Godly grief." That it might be a grief that leads to repentance and to "salvation without regret" rather than to the worldly end of death. That it might be a grief that ends in rejoicing in You as it did with the Corinthian believers, with Titus, and with Paul.

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