II Corinthians 7:8-9 ” Though I did regret it – I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while – yet now I’m happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.”

After a very painful visit to the Corinthian Church, Paul wrote what was called a “severe letter”…rebuking them for their conduct while he was there. These verses show clearly that as a loving Christian we must sometimes cause sorrow to those we care for in order to lead them into the light. You may call it Tough Love, or Speaking the Truth in Love…or in some cases, an Intervention. The focus is to not inflict pain and condemnation, but to show you are genuinely seeking their best interest in order that they might confess their sin and repent. Paul called this “Godly Sorrow” which brings repentance that leads to salvation, and that should be what we all want for each other.

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