Punishing Disobedience

Daily Thoughts

2 Corinthians 10:6 “And having a readiness to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled”

Some commentators take this verse to mean Paul was punishing the disobedient for their sins, however I believe this ‘readiness to punish‘ belongs to the disobedient individual, not their leader.

After we have sinned, and once we have regained our obedience we should not sit and somber in the pit of our mistake, but launch a counter attack in the spiritual realm. We punish our own disobedience in that we instigate more good than what the devil stole from us.

For every step sin takes us back…
God’s grace takes us two steps forward.

This is the sensation of wanting to push into and encounter more of God after we have messed up. We become so hungry for his presence, so thirsty for his grace that we cannot help but pray, praise, serve and love. We are not paying for our mistakes with works, but so eager to experience God’s goodness through loving others. The man who loves feels loved.

How true it is that “love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8), our love and service of others restores us from our own depravity. As I said in Reinstating your Name; God is eager to restore you through the service, love and leadership of others.

1 step back. 2 steps forward.


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