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verses 8-9: “For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while—I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, in order that you might not suffer loss in anything through us.”

Nobody likes to be punished or scolded. And sometimes we are sorry—but sorry that we got caught, not truly sorrowful for our actions for which we were caught. I never understood the phrase “this will hurt me a lot more than it will hurt you” as a child (I always thought, yeah, I’m the one getting the whipping here!), but as an adult, and especially a father, I understand it very much.

That’s true for young people and old people alike! The older we get, the more we’re prone not to want to accept reprimands. I was driving home through Auburn on Sunday, when I got pulled over by a policeman; my first thought, “what’d I do???” This nice young man was friendly but professional, and explained that, although I came to a legal stop at a traffic light and turned right, there was a sign between the lights (which I failed to see) that prohibited right-on-red. All I could do was apologize and admit I was wrong. Now thankfully, he let me off with a written warning, and though I was sorry I got caught, I was grateful that the cop pointed out I had been lax in observing traffic signs…the outcome could’ve been much worse! I was sorry that I failed to notice the signs, and prayerfully, that won’t happen again.

If God reprimands you today, accept it for what it truly is…a loving Father trying to keep His children from destruction. He’s not being mean, He loves you.

Have a blessed day!

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