9/4/19: 2 Corin. 7:8-16; Psalm 48:1-14; Proverbs 22:17-19
One of the techniques I teach nuclear power workers is called “independent verification.” That is you have a co-worker watch you perform a task and if you are not performing it correctly the observer will correct you. In the training we also reminder the “performer” of the task that they need to thank the observer because they have prevented a mistake that could harm the performer’s career.
I was reminded of “independent verification” today when I read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians correcting their sinful behavior. Except, of course, the “task” being performed brings us internal rewards.
2 Corinthians 7: 8 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— 9 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.