2 Corinthians 7: Sorrow can be good for you

March 5th, 2007




When you’re eating humble pie, you can either digest it or choke on it. The choice is yours. If you choose to choke on it, you let those natural feelings of resentment take over. Frequently this relates in broken relationships and lost opportunities. The other choice which you can make when eating your humble pie is to swallow it and digest it. This doesn’t stop you feeling hurt for a while or replaying the situation in your mind, but it enables you to consider ways in which you could change yourself for the better so that you can avoid causing similar damage in future.

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians — Chapter 7

7:1 We have been given these promises, dear friends, so we should wash ourselves clean of anything that pollutes body and spirit, completing holiness in reverence of God. 7:2 Accept us. We did no wrong to anyone. We did not hurt anyone. We did not cheat anyone. 7:3 I am not saying this to condemn you. I have previously said that you are in our hearts and we would live or die together with you. 7:4 I speak freely with you. I am proud of you. I am encouraged, and I am overflowing with joy despite all our problems. 7:5 When we arrived Macedonia, our bodies had no rest. We had all sorts of problems, conflicts on the outside, and fear on the inside. 7:6 God, who comforts the humble, comforted us with the presence of Titus, 7:7 and not only by his presence, but also by the encouragement which you had given him. He told us about your longing, sorrow, and concern for me, so that I rejoiced even more.

7:8 Although I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, but I did regret it at the time because I see that my letter upset you, though just for a while. 7:9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. You were made sorry in a godly way, and were not harmed in any way by us. 7:10 Godly sorrow causes repentance leading to salvation, with no regrets, but worldly sorrow causes death. 7:11 See what this godly sorrow has done for you. It has provoked earnestness, concern to clear yourselves, indignation, alarm, longing to see me, zeal, and punishment of the wrongdoer! In every respect you proved yourselves to be blameless in the matter. 7:12 So although I wrote to you, I did not write for the sake of the person who did the wrong or for the person who was injured, but so that in God’s presence you could discover how much you care for us. 7:13 We have been encouraged. More importantly than our own encouragement, we were pleased to see how happy Titus was, because his mind has been set at rest by you. 7:14 I had boasted to him about you, and I have not been disappointed. Just as everything we told you was true, our boasting to Titus has proved to be true. 7:15 He cares for you more than ever as he remembers your obedience, and how you welcomed him with fear and trembling. 7:16 I rejoice that I can depend on you for anything.

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  • 1. choosethecross.com » The&hellip  |  October 30th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    […] chapter 7 of his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul reveals his ambivalent feelings about conflict: “Although I made you sorry with my letter, […]

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