07/19/21 THE WORD
Scripture: II Corinthians 7
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READ and STUDY the WORD
II Corinthians 7:1-16 (WEB) Having therefore these promises, beloved, let’s cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Open your hearts to us. We wronged no one. We corrupted no one. We took advantage of no one. 3 I say this not to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and live together. 4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you. Great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I overflow with joy in all our affliction. 5 For even when we had come into Macedonia, our flesh had no relief, but we were afflicted on every side. Fightings were outside. Fear was inside. 6 Nevertheless, He who comforts the lowly, God, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you while he told us of your longing, your mourning, and your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. 8 For though I grieved you with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I see that my letter made you grieve, though just for a while. 9 I now rejoice, not that you were grieved, but that you were grieved to repentance. For you were grieved in a godly way, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For behold, this same thing, that you were grieved in a godly way, what earnest care it worked in you. Yes, what defense, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and vengeance! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be pure in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be revealed in you in the sight of God. 13 Therefore we have been comforted. In our comfort we rejoiced the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 14 For if in anything I have boasted to him on your behalf, I was not disappointed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so our glorying also which I made before Titus was found to be truth. 15 His affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembers all of your obedience, how with fear and trembling you received him. 16 I rejoice that in everything I am confident concerning you.
Questions and Answers:
1. What did Paul suggest the Corinthian believers do concerning God and why (II Corinthians 7:1? Paul suggested that they purified themselves from everything that contaminated body and spirit and therefore perfect holiness out of reverence for God.
2. What did Paul want them to do concerning their relationship with him and why (II Corinthians 7:2-3)? Paul asked them to open their hearts to him because he had wronged no one, corrupt no one and condemned no one.
3. With what did Paul say he was filled and with what was he overflowing (II Corinthians 7:4-5)? Paul said he was filled with comfort. And overflowing with joy.
4. Who did Paul say comforts the downcast (II Corinthians 7:6-7)? Paul said God comforts the downcast (and still does).
5. Why was Paul happy (II Corinthians 7:8-9)? Though the letter Paul sent to the Corinthians grieved them, he rejoiced because it brought them to repentance.
6. What did Paul say produces godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10a)? Godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, which brings no regret.
7. What did Paul say the sorrow of the world produced (II Corinthians 7:10b)? The sorrow of the world produced death.
HEAR the WORD
II Corinthians 7:11-12 (WEB) 11 For behold, this same thing, that you were grieved in a godly way, what earnest care it worked in you. Yes, what defense, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and vengeance! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be pure in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be revealed in you in the sight of God.
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder the above verses. My Bible notes: It’s difficult to be confronted with our sin, and even more difficult to get rid of sin. Paul praised the Corinthians for clearing up an especially troublesome situation.
MEMORIZE the WORD
II Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
II Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
I shouldn’t let pride keep me from admitting my sins. I need to accept correction. I should do all I can to correct the problems that are pointed out to me.
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
Do you or I tend to be defensive when confronted? We shouldn’t be. We should do all we can to get right with God.
PRAY the WORD
Lord, I pray we will purify ourselves from everything that contaminates our body and our spirit. I pray we will perfect holiness through reverence to You (II Corinthians 7:1). Lord, I pray in all our troubles that joy will know no bounds (II Corinthians 7:4). Lord, I pray we will appreciate it when another believer points out to us where we’re falling short (II Corinthians 7:8-9). Lord, I pray we will experience godly sorrow which brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret (II Corinthians 7:10). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
“May you and I stay pure before God.” <>< Dona