Remember in the first letter to Corinth, Paul calls out the church on being proud about a sin that was going on in their midst (5:1). Today we read how these church members responded to his letter.
Now he says, “See what 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.” (2 Cor. 7:11)
I like how one commentary (Albert Barns) wrote in regards to this verse. “When people are thoroughly convinced of sin, they will set about removing it with the utmost diligence.” And, “One effect of true repentance is to produce decided hatred of sin. It is not mere regret, or sorrow, it is positive hatred.”
The verse got me to think, is that the way I respond when someone calls me out on bad behavior? Am I eager to get rid of the sin in my life? Do I have godly sorrow when I see I am doing something wrong in the eye of the Lord? Sadly, I think, instead, I start out being defensive or deny my bad behavior. Pride or embarrassment keeps me from responding how I should. Thankfully, I do have the Holy Spirit, so usually, with a little time, I evaluate the critique and see how I can change. But it doesn’t come naturally!!
The question is, am I thoroughly convinced of my sin? If I don’t feel bad when I do wrong, am I convinced it is wrong? The Bible, the Holy Spirit and people like Paul in my life can teach me how I am not perfect and in need of a savior. Lord please help me to respond humbly and quickly like the church of Corinth when you point out sin in my life!
What a great example these believers left for us!