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Godly sorrow leads to repentance!

Scripture reading for August 6th: 2nd Corinthians 7, Psalm 6, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 2:9-11 “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting.  For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment!  At every point you proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”

Paul had sent a letter to the Corinthian church urging repentance from a sin that the church had committed.  The letter was hard for him to write as he was concerned with how they would respond.  But Paul wrote it anyway because they needed to respond.   But Paul got a report of the church responding with godly sorrow and true repentance that lead to life and peace.  He rejoiced in their decision and God’s grace proven by true actions resulting in changed behavior.

Faith Confession: I am thankful for life-giving rebukes by those who care for my soul.  Lord help me to always respond with godly sorrow and actions of those who truly repent.

Proverbs 2:6-8 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.”  

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Godly grief and repentance.

Scripture reading for August 6th:  Psalm 72-75, 2nd Corinthians 7

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 7:9-11 “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting.  For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment!  At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”  

Paul was rejoicing because his difficult letter of correction had resulted in a godly grief over their sin and resulted in true repentance.  Sometimes, people can have worldly grief.  This is usually being sorry that they were found out.  This results in no change of heart or mind and eventually spiritual death and eternal separation from God.  Godly sorrow brings life and restoration.

Psalm 75:1-2  “We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your Name is near.  We recount Your wondrous deeds.  “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.””

Prayer:  Lord, correct me and convict me when I need it.  Bring godly sorrow that leads me always to repentance and life.  May I stand in Your grace when I face You as judge.  Amen.

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Thankful for conviction!

Scripture reading for May 26th:  Job 39-42, Psalm 1

Key Scriptures:  Job 42:1-6 “Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.  You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures My counsel without knowledge?’  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’  My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.  Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

When God came and confronted Job in answer to his request, God’s questions for Job caused him to humble himself and repent of his own questions and lack of understanding.  Job took responsibility for his own sins and recognized that his nature was dust and ashes!

Thankful for conviction:  The Gospel confronts us with knowledge of God and conviction of our own sinful ways, providing Christ’s mercy as the way of escape!   “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.”  (2nd Corinthians 7:10-11)

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Godly sorrow brings repentance!

Scripture reading for August 5th:  2nd Corinthians 7

Key scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 7:9-11  “. . .yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.  For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  See what this godly sorrow has produced in you:  what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.  At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.”  

Repentance is a word that is not always understood in the Christian community.  It is often associated with sorrow and sadness concerning something that has caused brokenness or harm to another or to us.  Sometimes, we feel that the sorrow is what God wants and continue to live under a spirit of oppression or depression because of what we have done.  But God wants to set us free from condemnation through conviction of sin which brings the ‘godly sorrow’ that leads us to Christ for His mercy and cleansing.  This delivers us from guilt and shame and enables us to change our action, attitudes and character to be more like Christ!

Observations for over-comers:  Repentance and cleansing are a part of normal growth in the lives of over-comers as we allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and separate us from sin and its grip on our lives.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from Your Presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.”  (Psalm 51:10-12)

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Godly sorrow and repentance!

Scripture reading for August 6th:  2nd Corinthians 7

God had made amazing promises to His people!  He promised to be a Father to them and to adopt them as His own sons and daughters.  He would be their God and they would be His people!  “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”  (2nd Corinthians 7:1)

Paul pleaded with the church in Corinth to allow the promises of God to motivate them in pursuit of holiness.  They were to break off unholy alliances with unbelievers and pursue everything that would please the Lord.  They were to take the Word of God seriously.  Sin contaminates body and spirit and hinders our relationship with God our Father. We must respect and honor Him enough to leave sin behind and pursue holiness.

Paul wrote to them to help them see areas that needed work.  “Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it.  Though I did regret it–I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while–yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.  For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  (2nd Corinthians 7:8-10)  When the Holy Spirit is at work through God’s Word, it produces sorrow for disobedience in the believer.  This sorrow should produce repentance, a change of mind and action, that leads to holiness and life!  Paul was now happy that the church members had responded properly.  Have you experienced this ‘godly sorrow’ and truly repented?

 

 

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Responding to correction!

Scripture reading for September 4th: 2nd Corinthians 7:8-16

According to Proverbs, the wise man loves discipline and receives knowledge from being corrected.  Whoever hates discipline is just plain ‘stupid’.  (Proverbs 12:1)  In reality, most people don’t enjoy discipline and many don’t enjoy correcting others because it causes strife and conflict between people.  Preachers have the task of correction and of teaching and preaching ‘truth’ from God’s word.  This ‘truth’ is often not well received and brings anger to those who need the correction in their lives.

“Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it.  Though I did regret it–I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while–yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.  For you be came sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2nd Corinthians 7:8-10)  Paul’s letter to these Corinthians had brought correction in many matters.  As a preacher, Paul felt bad that he made those who heard sorrowful about their actions and attitudes.  He ended up happy because their sorrow led to repentance.

Repentance is the desire of God for His people.  Paul had directed the Church at Corinth to put the immoral man out and turn him over to Satan.  (1st Corinthians 5:3-5)  His goal was that man’s salvation and the church’s  purity.  This instruction was hard and caused sorrow for many in that church, including Paul.  However, this man was made sorry and brought to repentance.  (2nd Corinthians 2:6-11)  His repentance led to salvation and restoration back into the body!  True repentance produces an eagerness to do what is right before God.  This brings joy and encouragement to the whole church.

The church took this person back into the body and restored him.  Paul was encouraged that they had listened to his wise counsel.  (2nd Corinthians 7:12-13)  Working through our problems by facing them God’s way is not always easy, but when we do it yields beautiful fruit.

Is there correction that God has given you that you need to respond to?  Do you know a person who has responded by repentance that needs to be restored?   Pray for God’s grace to obey!

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Responding to correction!

Scripture reading for September 4th: 2nd Corinthians 7:8-16

According to Proverbs, the wise man loves discipline and receives knowledge from being corrected.  Whoever hates discipline is just plain ‘stupid’.  (Proverbs 12:1)  In reality, most people don’t enjoy discipline and many don’t enjoy correcting others because it causes strife and conflict between people.  Preachers have the task of correction and of teaching and preaching ‘truth’ from God’s word.  This ‘truth’ is often not well received and brings sorrow to those who need the correction in their lives.

“Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it.  Though I did regret it–I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while–yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.  For you be came sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2nd Corinthians 7:8-10)  Paul’s letter to these Corinthians had brought correction in many matters.  As a preacher, Paul felt bad that he made those who heard sorrowful about their actions and attitudes.  He ended up happy because their sorrow led to repentance.

Repentance is the desire of God for His people.  Paul had directed the Church at Corinth to put the immoral man out and turn him over to Satan.  (1st Corinthians 5:3-5)  His goal was that man’s salvation and the church’s  purity.  This instruction was hard and caused sorrow for many in that church, including Paul.  However, this man was made sorry and brought to repentance.  (2nd Corinthians 2:6-11)  His repentance led to salvation and restoration back into the body!  True repentance produces an eagerness to do what is right before God.  This brings joy and encouragement to the whole church.

The church now was to take this person back into the body and restore him.  They had done this and Paul was encouraged that they had listened to his wise counsel.  (2nd Corinthians 7:12-13)  Working through our problems by facing them God’s way is not always easy, but when we do it yields beautiful fruit.

Is there correction that God has given you that you need to respond to?  Do you know a person who has responded by repentance that needs to be restored?   Pray for God’s grace to obey!

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