SUMMARY: Godly sorrow
OVERVIEW: Paul rejoices over the Corinthians’ repentance and encourages them to continue to seek, follow, and obey God.
BIG IDEA: Godly sorrow leads to positive action.
KEY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 7:10 (Paul to the Corinthians)
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have promised to live with you and be your God. I have committed that I will always be available and be a father to you, treating you as my child. Rest in this gift. It is yours to receive and enjoy. Live each day with confidence that I am with you and that nothing will change that. There’s no longer a need to look over your shoulder, hoping to find me. Nor do you have to race ahead, feeling pressured to please me. I am already delighted.
But I do want you to follow me. I do want you to obey me. Don’t be obsessed with living a perfect life, fearing I will leave you if you don’t. I will never go. But don’t get so comfortable that you no longer pay attention to me and what I want to do in your life. Develop an appetite for me and my ways so that the world’s menu is no longer appealing. Hunger for righteousness and purity and feast in living a new way.
Don’t just think about repentance, act on it. And don’t wait—respond today. Right now! Is there a sin to confess? A word or deed for which you need to ask forgiveness from another? If not, thank God for his presence and to give you sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life.