“Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” -2 Corinthians 7:9-11
I don’t know exactly what Apostle Paul was rebuking the church at Corinth for, but it seems to have whipped them into shape. In today’s reading, Apostle Paul writes about the result of his reprimands to the church: zeal for the Lord and repentance.
Modern churches preach a lot about grace and love. The tough love approach is rarely ever used by anyone today, but sometimes, this “old school” approach is just what we need. Because sometimes we need to be told straight up what is wrong in our lives and the consequences if we don’t fix it. It’s like a doctor telling an obese person that if they don’t lose a certain amount of pounds, then their body will stop functioning properly. It’s a harsh reality, but there is nothing like a health scare to kick you into gear and change things forever.