Ministry of Trouble (1 of 2) by Ron Dunn

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Ministry of Trouble, Part 1
Ron Dunn
2 Corinthians 1:3-10

2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

I am going to do something a little differently this morning. I am going to read this verse from the New English Bible. The past few weeks I have been reading the book of 2 Corinthians over and over from different translations, not looking for sermons, but just for my own edification and devotion time with the Lord. I highly recommend that as you take a book of the bible such as 2 Corinthians and read it over and over again from various translations to open up to you a truth that perhaps you have not seen before. To me this is one of the great values in reading the Word of God with variety. The New English Bible is a very capable translation of the Greek text, one of the best. It seems to me that this translation, such as no other, has captured the thought of the apostle and expressed it better than any other translation. Let me read this same verse out of the New English Bible.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For the wound which is born in God's way brings a change of heart to salutary to regret, but the hurt which is born in the world's way brings death. Then he goes on in verse 11 to say, you bore your hurt in God's way, and see what its results have been.

I want to read that phrase again because with that phrase turns the entire message of 2 Corinthians. Paul has written to these Corinthians a very severe letter rebuking them for sin in their lives. The Corinthians have been greatly troubled and have gone through a great deal of tribulation. Paul is writing to them concerning all that they have gone through--the wounds, the hurt, the trouble that they have experienced. Notice what he says: The wound which is born in God's way brings a change of heart that is so good you don't have any regret for the wound. You gladly receive the wound, ...

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