Posts Tagged ‘Repentance’

2 Corinthians 7:2-16 Good Grief

Godly grief leads to joy!

Paul shares his happiness with his readers about their grief. It almost sounds cruel to be happy that someone else is grieving but the grief that they suffered was short lived and for a purpose. I guess you could call it “good” grief.

There was a lot going on in the church at Corinth that was contrary to what was being taught by the apostles. Freedom was being perverted. Divisions were rampant. And rampant sin was not being addressed. Paul wrote to this group to address these issues. My bible helps tell me that Paul actually wrote three letters before the one we are reading. The first was prior to the letter of 1 Corinthians. Then the letter of 1 Corinthians, which we already looked at. Read more »

1 Corinthians 10:1-22 A Way Out

You have to want out before you can get out

We actually looked at this passage yesterday but I want to revisit it. Paul was speaking to his readers about their “freedoms.” They were dragging grace down to a whole new level. Today though, I want to focus on something else Paul said that really struck me. I started to write about it yesterday but got turned onto another track. I really felt like I should come back and touch on it today instead of pressing on.

The issue I want to address is temptation. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (verse 13). Read more »

Matthew 3:7-10 Pharisees and Sadducees Are Put in Their Place

Pharisees pointing

The Skeptics arive

John is still on his mission. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to check out what was going on. Were they there looking for a “crazy” man? Were they looking to discredit his teaching? Were they going to try and challenge his authority? John certainly didn’t believe they were there to receive his teaching and baptism.

He called them snakes! Another word for snake is serpent. Satin disguised himself as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. These serpents were disguising themselves as religious leaders. Both deceptive and deadly!

John confronted them directly and told them if they had any REAL intentions of changing to prove it to him first. So many people say “I’m sorry” with no intention of changing their behavior that was offensive in the first place. As they say, “The proof is in the putting.” Or, “Put your money where your mouth is.” Read more »