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[In Christ, we all belong to each other. The actions of one affects all the rest. In this instance, the Corinthian's lack of repentance would result in sorrow, grief, shame, embarrassment, and discouragement - instead of the joy, gladness and encouragement which should be present.]
When God changes a person's heart, it has an affect his attitude toward sin - both sin in himself and sin in others. As a result, the presence of sin in someone will tend to have one type of affect on someone who loves God, and a different type of effect on someone who doesn't. What are some of the ways these two types of people will respond differently to the presence of sin in people? [Example: The one may view certain types of sin as inconsequential or even as humorous. The other would see it in a totally different manner.]
When you see others sin - especially if they claim to be "Christian" - how does that affect you? How might you have reacted differently if God and his Word had not had an affect on you? (If you would not have reacted differently, you may need to examine the reason for this.)
In what ways can we say this type of humility comes "from God" (rather than from ourselves)?
Acts 20:19 (mentioned in a previous section) shows that humility is sometimes associated with tears and trials. What similarities might exist between the passage in Acts and the one in 2 Corinthians? What differences?
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