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Godly Grief

"For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death." 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NRSV)

I think it's fair to say most of us don't like correction. We know we're not perfect, yet when someone points out our errors, even when it’s done with love, our first instinct is indignation followed by resentment. "Who are they to say that to me?" Later we may acknowledge the truth of what was said, but the sting remains.

In Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, he had a painful thing to say to them. It pained him to write, and it distressed them to hear the truth. There were two ways they could have responded; repent or resent. The same choices we have today. When we receive rebuke, we should ask God for forgiveness and turn away from that behavior, the way that leads to salvation. Or we can let the thing fester within us, eating away at our very souls. Sometimes we may let it slowly destroy us, but others around us as well. Without repentance, this can lead to physical, emotional, and mental illness and our spiritual death.

Blessed Holy Father, thank you for those who speak the truth to us in love. Thank you for the Holy Spirit, which helps us to discern that truth and seek forgiveness. Father, please help us to accept when rebuke it is offered. To set aside our natural responses and instead listen to your voice. When we are wrong, Father, please forgive us and help us to do better. We pray this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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