Who is right and who is wrong? (II Corinthians 7)

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. II Corinthians 7:10

I wish I could say, “I always think this way,” but I don’t.  You ask, “What way?”  The way of II Corinthians 7.  Paul is writing his second letter to the Corinthian church.  In his first letter the Holy Spirit directed him to confront the church with her sin.  As Paul wrote the Words of the Lord his heart grieved over the hurt that was going to be inflicted on the congregation.

The truth of their sin would cause the people great grief.  But truth was needed so that the people would know they had sinned against God.  Their sin had robbed them of the blessing of sweet fellowship and favor with God.  Even though it hurt, it was what was needed.

The truth of God’s Word led the people of God to repent of their sin in order that they might be restored to fellowship with God.  This is the path of truth leading to godly sorrow and repentance.

Here is where I sometimes struggle.  When someone sins against me, I first think about what they did to me and I sometimes find myself only focusing on me and I forget the greater sin is against God.  If I waste my time trying to get the person to repent to me I find nothing but a greater argument between who is right and who is wrong.

However, if I focus on God’s view I find peace within and a power to help those who have sinned against God.  Such a focus leads to Godly sorrow (grief).

Acts 11:18 “Repentance that leads to life.”

David said to God in II Samuel 12:13 “Against You oh God have I sinned.”  Here is where we must begin our journey of who is right and who is wrong.

Today I am praying for Godly grief in my life and in the lives of people who need the Lord.

Father, lead me to come to the end of every day clean before you.  Lead me to come to the end of every day clean with my wife, my children, my co-workers, my friends, and my fellow-men.  Please lead me to proclaim your gospel to all nations.  

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