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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #44 “Critical Imperatives for the Christ-Follower” (A Study of Romans 12) Part 16
Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.
Let us continue our study of several verses in chapter seven:
Godly Sorrow! (A Study of 2 Corinthians 7:8-13)
“Never apologize! It’s a sign of weakness,” says Leroy Jethro Gibbs of TV’s “NCIS.” But the Bible disagrees with Gibbs and indicates that being sorrowful is a sign of growth and strength. Here are several truths I’m learning about GODLY SORROW:
I. The Occasion for Godly Sorrow (v. 8)
II. The Outcome of Godly Sorrow (v. 9)
III. Two Kinds of Sorrow (v. 10)
IV. The Fruit of Godly Sorrow (v. 11)
V. Godly Sorrow’s Effect on Others (vv. 12-13)
1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?
4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
8 Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed
with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly
be put to shame.