2 Corinthians 7:8-10

Author

Karen Miller

Scripture

2 Corinthians 7:8-10

Observations:

· Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthians church that addressed sin (possibly what Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 5)
· The letter made those in the Corinthians church sorrowful (mentioned 5 times)
· Initially Paul regretted sending the letter
· But when he learned through Titus that they were sorrowful to the point of repentance, then he rejoiced.
· Godly sorrow (sorrow according to God’s will) leads to repentance without regret
· The Message version says that godly sorrow turns us around and we never regret that kind of pain.
· Worldly sorrow produces death.
· Again The Message version says, “those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets and end up on a deathbed of regrets.”
· I also like verse 11: “And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart.”

Application:

1. How do I receive godly rebuke and correction? Do I lash out? Do I get defensive? Do I shut down? Do I beat myself up or feel embarrassed? Do I go into self-protection mode and withdraw from relationship? Do I blame others? Or do I let the truth sink in and allow God to produce both sorrow for my sins and a sincere desire to change? Do I have the humility to confess my sin to those I’ve hurt and express a desire to set myself on a better course?

2. If needed, am I willing to give correction or rebuke, if I see people headed down a harmful path? When I do so, am I prayerful that it will lead to godly sorrow and repentance?

Prayer:

Lord, I want to grow to become more like you. In order to do that, I need you and others to speak rebuke and correction into my life. Thank you for the wise people you’ve put into my life who both know me well enough and love me enough to say the hard things. Please, always put people like that in my life. I need people to hold me accountable and call me out when I am sinning. I do pray that You Lord would expose sin in me and grant me the grace of a deep and true repentance. I also pray that you would give me the courage and kindness to speak the truth in love when needed. I pray that if I see someone headed down a harmful path, that I would have the wisdom and the words to help them. Make us a church who does this for one another…. Not in a critical spirit, or a condemning spirit, but with a genuine heart of love and care. Help us to be a people who can receive rebuke and correction with humility and grace and repentance.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Amen Karen
And to receive godly rebuke and correction, one has to let others in intimately enough to allow it to happen. Help me Lord to be open to rebuke and constructive criticism so that your transformation may occur in me.

Wed, March 2, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

2. Bonnie Fields wrote:
I agree, Amen. Thank You, Lord, for Your Word, for our leaders at church. I praise you, Lord, for them and sending me to Trinity Church. May my life bless and please You, only by your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Fri, March 4, 2016 @ 8:39 AM

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