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.
Thoughts for Today:In our passage today, we find Paul's description of the effects that godly sorrow produces in us. In the Corinthians' example, they had replaced complacency with earnestness, sincerity, concern, and the readiness to embrace righteousness with a sense of urgency. They had dealt with the deliberate and unashamed sin that was present in their church. In other words, they boldly determined the correct course of action and then did what was necessary to make things right -- thereby proving themselves to be innocent.
The way the Corinthians handled this issue is very important for us to practically apply in our own lives. True repentance doesn't say, "Maybe I'll get around to doing something about this next week, month or year." It doesn't make excuses about not having enough time, conflicts that might occur, money it might cost, or any other possible fall out. Instead, true repentance says, "This is wrong -- so I'm going to deal with it right now -- with certainty and regardless of the price."
Questions to Ponder:How have you been handling your regrets? With guilt (worldly sorrow), or repentance (godly sorrow)? What have you been putting off? Will you deal with it now? What course of action would God have you take to deal with the sin in your own life today?