Re:Verse passage – 2 Corinthians 7:5-16 (day four)
Paul had written to the church in Corinth to provide correction and to defend his authority. His rebuke caused some sorrow in the church, but it resulted in repentance. Paul rejoiced because his letter had produced the desired effect. The Corinthians responded with fear and trembling before the Lord and repented of their wrongs. Paul demonstrated excellent leadership here in chapter 7 as he praises the Corinthians for their obedience and their response to correction. He had praised them to Titus that they would respond in that way and he was not disappointed. They had made Paul proud and he wanted them to know he was encouraged by them.
When we offer correction, do we follow up with words of encouragement? Do we celebrate and rejoice when others respond correctly to God’s instruction and correction? The heart of a shepherd is filled with joy to see those under his care walk in a manner worthy of the Lord!