You want to talk about a joy in the church family and life-sharing community that fellow believers can be? It’s the apostle Paul’s words found in 2 Corinthians 7:2-4. The good and the bad, the apostle Paul finds great pride in this church who judging from the rest of the letter, are making some pretty stupid decisions for Christians. But Paul is sticking with them, in life or death (v. 3).
Speaking of those stupid decisions, the apostle Paul recognizes their desire for repentance with those sins. That repentance started within them through grief. But not just any type of grief but Godly grief. The apostle Paul lovingly and graciously called those sins out and that letter produced a Godly grief over them (v. 8). Because that grief was only momentarily and it was ultimately from God. That grief turned into repentance which saves them from regret and further consequences from those sins, including death (v. 10).
This is why it is important for the church to continue to keep each other accountable and practice church discipline. What may cause grief right now can turn into repentance later. Repentance saves people from regrets and consequences. The joy and pride that the apostle Paul felt for his fellow believers is a part of that accountability and church discipline.
• When have you seen accountability in repentance or church discipline used in a believer’s life to save them from regrets and sinful consequences? (Comment below)
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor