Thought of the Day August 30, 2019 Never lose hope when we weep

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Paul also experienced this weeping for the sins of others. He was appalled to hear that the Corinthians had tolerated public sin in their community to go unaddressed. In anger, disappointment and sadness he writes In 2 Corinthians 12:21: "I am afraid that when I come again, my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin, and debauchery in which they have indulged."

He also grieved deeply over the rejection of the Gospel message by his fellow Jews. Paul spoke of experiencing “a great pain and continual suffering” in his heart for his fellow Jews who had rejected Jesus (Romans 9:1 ff) Even with this interior weeping Paul had the hope that God would bring the Jews to the light of the truth. We read in Romans 11:25-26:“I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not become wise [in] your own estimation: a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes in, and thus all Israel will be saved.”

Our weeping over the sins of the world should have the same hope that Paul had. We weep and intercede for the grace of repentance and conversion for those who sin.

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