|My husband & me during his first year in the Army|
"Love means never having to say you're sorry."
line from 1970 film "Love Story"
The night before my husband left for Army boot camp (1972), we watched "Love Story." It's foolish to watch a sad movie before saying good-bye, but not as foolish as that movie line.
Love means carefully, faithfully, genuinely repenting to God and to others.
Self-deception means never having to say you're sorry.
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves ..." *
God forgives our sins "legally" when we become believers, but healthy relationships with God and others depend on regularly acknowledging our sins.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." 1 John 1:8-10*
Do you have difficulty apologizing? I encourage you to make it a matter of prayer.
Paul rebuked the Corinthian church for allowing immorality in their congregation. The church leadership responded with genuine repentance.
Prayer, Pen, Principles
With prayer and pen, pull the principles from this passage:
♥ What characterizes godly sorrow (genuine repentance)?
♥ What are the characteristics of worldly sorrow? These are not listed in this passage, but understanding characteristics of genuine repentance helps us recognize characteristics of false repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:8-16: 8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. 14 I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. 15 And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. 16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.
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