November 18, 1997
When confronted with sin, the Corinthian church responded with true repentance that led to forgiveness and hope. Looking to their example, as well as to Isaiah’s vision of God on His throne, Alistair Begg invites us to share this experience by rightly seeing sin in the light of God’s holiness. God’s Word expands our understanding of God Himself, causing a sacred sorrow that makes us receptive to the salvation and hope of Jesus Christ.
8For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. 12So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God. 13Therefore we are comforted.
And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.
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