Lord, Change Our Minds
II Corinthians 7:8-12
INTRODUCTION: This passage records the joy that Paul felt when Titus brought the news that the Corinthians had received the message he had sent to them. What a joy when a pastor knows his leadership is being followed. (Heb 13:7-17)
Paul had written a letter to this church as one broken-hearted over sin in the church. He knew the letter had caused the Corinthians sorrow and as a result, Paul, at moments, regretted sending it. However, the Corinthians not only responded correctly to Paul, but also to God. This is a passage that outlines what is essential to restoring broken relationships.
"Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning."
"Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."
This letter speaks of how Paul feared that his confrontation of sin had only caused things to get worse. The pleasure of sin is brief, while the sorrow it produces lasts; the sorrow of repentance is brief, while the joy it produces lasts.
This text helps us to discern between "godly sorrow" and "sorrow" (remorse). The Corinthians' remorse was not a sorrow of self-pity, of getting caught, of despair, bitterness, wounded pride, or manipulative remorse. Their sorrow led to repentance (a change of mind, heart, and life. It's a turning from sin to holiness) which produced genuine change.
They were not defensive; they did not view themselves as victims or seek to justify their sinful behavior. Their sorrow was in "a godly manner," according to the will of God. It was the healing, transforming sorrow for sin that God intended for them to feel, because it produces repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:9, "Now I rejoice, not that you were m ...
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