February 12, 2024


2 Corinthians 7:5-11 - For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by 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 grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 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.


In this passage, Paul is writing to the Corinthian church after having sent them a severe letter confronting them about a matter. He had been anxious about how they would receive the letter, but is now comforted by the report brought back by Titus. Though the letter initially made the Corinthians sorrowful, they experienced godly grief that led them to repentance. Their response demonstrates the sincerity of their faith. Paul explains that godly grief leads to repentance and salvation, while worldly grief leads to death. He rejoices that his confidence in the Corinthians has been restored.


This passage provides insight into the nature of forgiveness. Though confrontation of sin is difficult, it is sometimes necessary out of love. The Corinthians' godly response to Paul's severe letter illustrates the blessing of humility and willingness to repent. Rather than reacting defensively, they courageously examined their hearts and turned from their sin. As a result, their relationship with Paul was restored and strengthened. This models the biblical process for reconciliation - gentle confrontation, heartfelt repentance, and free forgiveness resulting in comfort and joy. As Christ has forgiven us, we must humbly and gently forgive others while calling them to repentance. Our confidence and affection will grow for those who respond rightly.


Gracious Father, we praise you for your patience and forgiveness toward us. Give us hearts ready to repent when confronted and willing to gently confront others out of love. Produce in us and those we relate to godly grief over sin that leads to repentance and reconciliation. May we freely forgive others as you have forgiven us, so that comfort and joy may abound in all our relationships. We look forward to the day when sin will be no more and fellowship with you and one another will be perfected. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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United in Christ's love, we kneel in repentance and rise in forgiveness.

United in Christ's love, we kneel in repentance and rise in forgiveness.

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