Sunday, August 12, 2007
2 corint. Chpt 7 vs 8-11
8 I am no longer sorry that I sent that letter to you, though I was sorry for a time, for I know that it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to have remorse and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death. 11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you!
Wow! Have you ever experienced this: You have read a bible verse a trillion times but when you venture to read it for the trillion and one time, BAM! It knocks you out? Well that’s what happened to me this morning when I read this bible verse. This is Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and he starts chapter 7 by talking about the 1st letter he had written to them. It was a letter of chastisement and although it hurt them, by the time the second letter rolled around, a change of heart had overcome them. They had repented and turned back to God. In this bible verse, Paul is saying that although he originally felt bad for sending that painful letter, he no longer was because of the change it had brought about.Now let me tell you the revelation I got from this scripture… Everyone goes through trials and hardships and it could be a method through which God converses with you. If you are in one today, this scripture is especially for you. Close your eyes and imagine God saying these words to you.
“My child, I am glad I sent that trial to you, not because it hurt you but because the pain caused you to have remorse and change your ways! I want to talk to you through this trial; I want to teach you through this trial, I want to prepare you through this trial and I promise to love you through this trial. I want your eyes on me because there is no other way. Though this hurts, know that you are in my arms and I will never leave you nor forsake you. When this trial is over, just wait and see what fruits will be produced in you… JUST WAIT AND SEE!”
No one likes trials and they are never fun. To be honest, it was a major trial that kept me from my blog for almost a year but I have to testify that the words found in these scriptures are true. Although this last year was one of my roughest, the fruit it produced has drawn me closer and made me more like my Savior. All I can say, is Jesus is Emmanuel (God is with us) and when the pain gets too much for you to handle, when the nights seem to last too long…Hold ON to him.
...musings from atop the potter's wheel