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2 Cor. 13

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Last week we pointed out the Apostle Paul’s emphasis in 2 Corinthians on the comfort we have in Christ Jesus, and that we ought to comfort one another in the midst of affliction. In chapter 7 alone, the apostle uses the word “comfort” seven times! In this chapter he is comforting the Corinthians because of a sorrow that he himself caused. In his previous letter (1 Corinthians), he had rebuked them for their failure to discipline a notorious sinner in their midst (see 1 Cor. 5). We rejoice with the apostle that the church responded to his rebuke with sorrow and repentance. He praises them for this, and then administers strengthening encouragements to help them keep growing (2 Cor. 7:11).

We learn about two different kinds of sorrow in this passage (2 Cor. 7:9–10). One is “the sorrow that is according to God,” and the other is “the sorrow of the world.” These two kinds of sorrow are known by their fruit. Godly sorrow “produces repentance without regret.” Worldly sorrow “produces death.”

A helpful illustration of the difference between these sorrows can be found when we compare Peter and Judas. Both of these men committed grave sins. One denied Jesus; the other betrayed Him. Both even felt sorrow for their sin. But Peter repented and pursued reconciliation with Jesus; Judas killed himself. The difference is clear. Peter was sorry that he had sinned against his Lord. Judas felt sorry for himself and was consumed by self-pity, leading to his shameful death.

Let us repent with frequency and fervor!

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
—2 Corinthians 13:11

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for being gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
  • Confession – Confess times you have given in to self-pity, rather than repentance and reconciliation with the Lord.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for someone in your life who has rebuked you.
  • Supplication – Ask God for a gracious and Christ-like spirit that is quick to forgive others.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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