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So Much More

Text: 2 Cor 6:17 - 7:10

God wanted so much more for the Corinthians and Paul was willing to be used by the Lord in the process.

We’ve learned by now that the Corinthian church was a mess. It wasn’t until Titus had returned from a trip there that Paul would learn that many there had finally… FINALLY turned from their willful failure to live in a manner that reflected a changed life. A healthy fear of the Lord.

Reverential awe, humility and a worshipful desire are all part of what it is to be a child of God. The freedom we acquire when we truly surrender our lives to Christ is not a license to behave any way we see fit (See Gal 5:1 & Rom 6:1-2). On the contrary. Verse 10 from our text makes it clear, there are two kinds of sorrow, Godly and worldly. One leads to repentance and salvation that leaves no regret, the other death.

The death referred to here isn’t an immediate, expiration of life kind of death.  There are differing opinions, but I’m inclined to agree with those seeing the death as twofold; life without God in the here and now and without Him in eternity when our physical life ends.

We at Grace believe salvation is by grace through faith in the completed work of Christ (Eph 2:8-10). Unfortunately, not all faith traditions that exist under the label of Christianity hold to that belief. And while salvation is by God’s grace, one of the ways we can know we are saved is by how we live.

Feeling bad or guilty can certainly lead to sorrow. If nothing changes in your life, it’s quite possible nothing happened either, even if you went down and said a prayer. That kind of feeling bad is worldly sorrow. Godly sorrow brings repentance, which leads to salvation with no regret. Godly sorrow results in a changed life. If you’re unsure, a few minutes with 2 Corinthians 13:5 might be worthwhile.

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