Sometimes Hard Words Produce Joy

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God Walk For Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sometimes Hard Words Produce Joy

I wrote as I did so that when I came I should not be distressed by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you that you would all share my joy. For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you. – 2 Corinthians 2:3-4

All of us with children have experienced times when we had to speak hard words to them that clearly outlined the consequence of a certain line of behavior. We have seen them get upset, and sometimes even spew out angry words that hurt – but we spoke hard words because we knew that there were certain things that we could not allow. This is what Paul was feeling when he wrote these words to the church at Corinth.
This church had some behaviors that were not acceptable in the community of believers and Paul had to address them. It grieved him to have to do this, but his goal was that they “would all share my joy.” Paul knew that when believers continue in behaviors that affect their walk with God the walk becomes tedious and there is no joy in it. His goal was to restore their joy.
We’ve all been in a service when the minister was preaching a message that was convicting. We felt that he was preaching directly at us, but in fact he was addressing the whole congregation.
In those times we may feel that the preacher has it in for us, but he is only giving us the truth. We must be willing to listen to this voice of the Lord as he is trying to cleanse us of everything that inhibits our joy.

Prayer: Lord, help me to hear your voice, even when it is hard words, so that your joy might be in me. Amen.

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