Holy Confidence

Confidence in Encouragement

I am glad I can have complete confidence in you. 2 Corinthians 7:16

This verse comes from 2 Corinthians where Paul is expressing his joy over the church’s repentance.

There are some tough words to swallow in in the verses before he wraps it up saying he has confidence in them, so let’s back up to verses 8-16.

Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 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. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was neither on account of the one who did the wrong nor on account of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 By all this we are encouraged.

In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. 14 I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. 15 And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. 16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.

He is talking to the church about Titus, who was a fellow apostle and a companion of Paul’s.

But in addition to speaking about Titus, he also talks about a letter he wrote to the church and how the church responds in sorrow, but it is their “Godly sorrow that leads to repentance.”

I’m going to pause right there. I don’t wish ill on anyone, but I have been known to pray for “rock bottom” moments for my family and friends to help draw them out of the pit and into the arms of God.

I just want them to come to the end of themselves so they realize that they can’t do anything in their own strength and they need help.

They need God, or they need to pursue a deeper relationship with them. I pray that God opens their eyes and gives them awareness of their sin and draws them towards Him.

For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 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.

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There is a beauty in coming to Christ with a contrite and repentant heart that gives way for our Godly sorrow to grow into a humble field where God can plant something beautiful in us.

Paul is seeking to encourage the church in this way, he is saying that we are not to split hairs and focus on small details, but instead to keep the bigger picture in perspective and to be and remain encouraged.

12 So even though I wrote to you, it was neither on account of the one who did the wrong nor on account of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 By all this we are encouraged.

By our Holy Confidence we are all encouraged.

There is something to be said about when we set out to encourage someone that we, ourselves leave encouraged.

As a life coach I can’t tell you how many times I set out to serve my clients and they end up sharing a story or a thought that I relate to on a personal level.

When I speak, I’m speaking to encourage others by teaching on the Word of God, but what happens is I myself leave encouraged as well.

The same with writing. I write these posts to be obedient to God and my hope is that you benefit from them and are encouraged by them, but many, many times as I’m writing what God puts on my heart, it is either something that I need to be reminded of at that time, or in the future.

God knows the encouragement we need before we even receive it. He uses His word and other people to encourage us so we can continue to encourage others. 

Paul is so proud of the church because they welcomed Titus with open arms. He is so glad that they accepted him and showed great joy.

16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.

Can we have complete confidence in knowing that our encouragement of others doesn’t go unnoticed or unheard?

Yes, have complete confidence in knowing that all the encouragement you give not only encourages others, but also encourages you.

 

 

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