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repentance

03 Jul

For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way—disputes without and fears within. But God, who consoles the downcast, consoled us by the arrival of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was consoled about you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it, for I see that I grieved you with that letter, though only briefly). Now I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance; for you felt a godly grief, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves guiltless in the matter. So although I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong, nor on account of the one who was wronged, but in order that your zeal for us might be made known to you before God. In this we find comfort. In addition to our own consolation, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his mind has been set at rest by all of you. (2 Corinthians 7:5-13, NRSV)

Did you ever hear something or read something that made you question something you were doing in your life?

Paul writes to the church in Corinth, and makes them grieve they way they are acting.

He is not worried about this, he is not happy that he upset them, but he is moved to joy because they moved from what they were doing to what they should be doing as followers of Christ. They had things in their lives that kept them from being with Christ.

They had wedges in their relationships with Christ. Paul’s letter(s) offered them a different view and helped them to turn from what was keeping them from Christ.

Repentance is a physical action, a physical turning around. Jesus allows us to make U turns, but more than U turns, they are Holy Spirit turns.

Jesus works in us through things we read, the people around us, the people in our families, our congregations, our community,and through His written word.

So listen to those around you who are linked with God and to the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart, and He will move you to do things for Him.

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