devotional post # 2183
2 Corinthians 7:8-10
2Co 7:8 Because even if I made you sad with my letter, I do not regret it– although I did regret it, because I see that that letter saddened you, although only for a while.
2Co 7:9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were sad, but because you were saddened into repenting. Because you felt a godly sadness, so that you did not lose anything by what we said.
2Co 7:10 Because godly sadness produces a repentance that leads to deliverance without regret, whereas worldly sadness produces death.
the gamble of discipline
Every time we dare to rebuke someone for not living up to their confession, we take a gamble. To be called to task for sin produces a sadness that can go in either direction. Either the sinner turns that sadness against the sin, or against the persons rebuking the sin. If the Corinthians had turned their sadness against Paul and his team for their rebuke, the result would ultimately have been rebellion against Christ, and the second death. But they responded appropriately, understanding that it was their sin that had threatened their relationship with the missionaries.
Leadership in God’s kingdom sometimes requires words of rebuke and correction.
LORD, give us the courage to challenge our friends when they are being disobedient to you.