From Guilt to Sorrow

The details of the pain of the Corinthian Church escape us; however, Paul’s love for this church flows out so clearly. He longs that all sin and pain turn to good. He seeks to steer his people into a positive and “better than ever” outcome.

The heart of his teaching is in verses 9 and 10. Think of “Godly sorrow” and “the sorrow of the world” as on a time line. Guilt and shame is worldly sorrow: its time-line is constant, unrelenting, because the world is unforgiving. Godly sorrow, on the other hand, is contrition. This is an experience in a single point of time. It is sorrow and repentance for sin that leaves the soul clean, clear, and energized by the Lord’s total forgiveness.

Reflect on how you deal with guilt and shame. Ask the Lord to help you gather their energies into one great expression of contrition, and be done with it!

2 Corinthians 7

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In this season of Pentecost this year,
we read 2 Corinthians.

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