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November 27, 2014



2 Corinthians 7:10



For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death





Paul rejoiced that the Corinthians’ recent reception of Titus, and their response to Paul’s previous letter, evidenced a proper response to him. He said this to encourage his readers to follow through and become completely openhearted toward him. He then added a somewhat philosophical reflection on two possible responses to criticism and their consequences. The proper response, God’s will, results in a change of mind (“repentance”), which leads to deliverance from the bad situation ,”without” later “regret.”


On the Pennsylvania Railroad during the early 1900s two trains collided, killing several people. It was determined that the surviving engineer was responsible for the accident. He was questioned repeatedly, and the entire experience became too much for him to handle. Eventually he was driven into a psychotic state and could hardly carry on an intelligent conversation. The president of the railroad, Mr. Atterbury, asked to meet with the engineer, who apprehensively came to the president’s office. Mr. Atterbury placed his arm around the engineer’s shoulders and said, “Old man, we have had a streak of bad luck, haven’t we?” For some time the president and the engineer stood together weeping. Then Mr. Atterbury said, “One thing I want you to remember as long as you work for us is that whenever any employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad is troubled, I am troubled too.” Soon the old engineer began to speak and think clearly. Because his boss cared enough to grieve with him, he was healed.
All around us are faultfinders on the prowl to heap guilt and blame on others. But you and I can join the blessed minority who care and are willing to mourn even with those who are to blame. When we become such mourners we will both comfort and be comforted.




Memory Verse: 1 John 1:9



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