The Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance
Read (2 Cor 7:1-16)
Since believers are blessed with great and precious promises. They are saved to live a holy life in the fear of God. The fear of God enables us to live a life from God’s perspective. Paul never tried to take advantage of anyone and longed for fellowship with Corinthians. The believers have no fellowship with nonbelievers. They are called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ and with other believers (1 Cor 1:9). Fellowship means oneness of commonality that enjoys common set of values. Paul does not condemn the Corinthians but expresses his deep love towards them. Paul says “We live or die together with you” (2 Cor 7:3). When Paul arrived at Macedonia he was anxious over Corinthian believers (2:12). But he was comforted by Titus’s report that Corinthians accepted his severe letter and looking forward to Paul’s visit (2 Cor 2:1-11). Paul rejoices over their desire to reconcile with him (2 Cor 7:7). Paul is thankful that his severe letter produced godly sorrow that leads to salvation (2 Cor 7:10). Their repentance produced realignment with the will and purposes of God. True repentance is evidenced in the confession of sin and in the willingness to forgive others. The worldly sorrow produces only death. Judas Iscariot is a classic example of that. The criminal may feel sorry that he is caught. But godly sorrow leads to change of mind. Obedience always brings joy and renewal in the church. Paul was encouraged by the fact that the Corinthians treated Titus with respect. Paul’s boasting about Corinthians was thus proved to be true. The way Titus was welcomed and respected, gave Paul great confidence in the Corinthians that they will maintain unity and fellowship in the assembly. God does not want us to continue in the self-destructive path of sin and disunity. Only the Holy Spirit can produce godly sorrow and repentance that leads to salvation (2 Cor 7:10). God reveals our sins to us because he loves us. Ask God to show your sins that you are not aware of and repent of them.