God’s Discipline- Part 7
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:21
I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.
If you have not noticed; this is the third devotional this week from Paul’s letters to the Corinthian believers. The apostle had to deal with God’s discipline for bad behavior more in their church than any other in the New Testament. It is a good reminder to all churches today how careful we must be to deal directly with sinful behavior in the body of Christ.
In today’s key verse, the apostle turns toward the required action for a believer under God’s discipline plan. These verses instruct us what we must do if we realize that our hardships and troubles are discipline from the Lord. This action is wrapped up in the word repent. Paul was fearful that these Corinthian believers may not have repented of their impurity.
If you are having some reversals in life and God has specifically pointed out some behavior that you know He wants you to either delete or add to your spiritual journey with Him, what should you do? The Bible says to pray a simple prayer of repentance. This kind of prayer admits that you have sinned and are willing to repent of that un-Christ-like behavior. The word “repent” means to “turn around” or “go another direction.” Repentance is not sorrow for getting caught, but rather a determined change of heart and mind. Without true repentance, discipline will continue. God loves us too much to allow these crippling, destructive behaviors to remain in our lives!
Father, thank you for your amazing love for me! I’m sorry for the times I grieve you. Speak loudly to me. I will listen and obey! In Jesus’ Name, amen.