Pastor Barry's "Chapter & Verse" Day 311
November 7, 2018; 2 Corinthians 7:; 156/260(III); ‘Sorrow & Repentance’
2 Corinthians 7:9 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. NIV
Paul had sent a very corrective letter to the church at Corinth. Too often the world corrects with only the idea of slamming someone for what they did. That brings condemnation that does not help anyone. The things of the Lord are very different than the things of the world. Thank God for that. Godly sorrow, which Paul’s letter to the church brought, causes repentance. Repentance is an essential turning point in reconciled relationships. It means a turning away from something and turning to God. Paul loved the congregation of the Corinthian church and did not send the letter to hurt them, but to do exactly what the letter did, cause them to turn from the behavior that would hurt them. How wonderful the Lord is. For the body of Christ to come to a healthy place, often repentance, regret, confession and action are needed. It seems that that is exactly what this congregation did. Notice, this verse says that the sorrow the church encountered was the kind of sorrow God intended and the congregation was helped and not harmed. Religion, which is such a tool of the devil, condemns and feels very justified in doing so. It eagerly points out that we are sinners and deserve to be punished by the Lord. In reality, the Lord wants us to steer clear of sin, because there are consequences of sin. The sin itself punishes us, surely not the Lord. Know that the Lord will correct us, He has to. He never corrects to harm us in any way. He loves you.