2 Corinthians 7:9 - As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss though us.
Writing these blogs is really cool for me, I see God move in them, and it's also an encouragement to me. Just today I was asking my closest friend what she thinks I should write about next and she said repentance, but later I really wanted to write about grief based on some of the things my family is going through, so as I was looking for verses surrounding grief, repentance was surprisingly in the verse I wanted to use. I'm amazed by how God works.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul is trying to explain to Corinth that just because Paul went through suffering, God can still use Him. Corinth was full of rebellion and rejecting Christ's name, questioning Paul's motives based on His past, which honestly is something everyone does today as well. Paul literally killed Christians before God got ahold of Him, and he went on to write 2/3 of the New Testament. Just because you have a bad past, does not mean God can't change your entire future, and I think a lot of people tend to forget that. His mercy is abundant and there is nothing so bad that His grace can't overcome it.
In this verse specifically, Corinth had finally just repented. Repentance by definition means sincere regret or remorse, or a complete change of heart. They had grieved for a long time, and Paul was not happy because of their grief, but was rejoicing that their grief brought them closer to God. I've witnessed similar circumstances personally. My uncle, who was a huge part of my life, passed away in February 2016. It was, and still is, a heartbreak to my family and I, but God was glorified through it. At his funeral about 200 people showed up. The Gospel was shared, and my Nana got many phone calls afterwards and I believe that many, if not all, hearts were changed that day. I saw Jesus move in that place, even through the tears.
I also have to remind you that God does not orchestrate the tragedies, He cries right along with us and is seriously heartbroken when we are, but that does not mean that through hard circumstances He can't be glorified. How victorious is it that the Devil tries to kill, steal, and destroy all we have, yet Christ is completely glorified through everything Satan tries to do! God will always be stronger. He gives you new grace, strength, and mercy everyday so that you can make it through your situation. He hasn't, and never will, leave you stranded.
So, that verse covered a lot in one sentence. Repentance is the way to Christ, He wants to live through you. Grief is only for a moment (Psalm 30:5- ...weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.), and the chains that Satan tries to put on our lives are shaken from us because of God's power, grace, and mercy. I pray that you, and I as well, can continue to see Christ through everything, because I can promise you that there's a purpose. Haha, a light in the darkness. I still can't get over how that theme relates to everything. He is in everything. :)
- Sophia Light