|Godly shame: …”we have lost our capacity for shame, even telling ourselves that shame itself is a sin. But this is not so. Godly shame brings a man to a place of brokenness, repentance, and dependence on God, and this state is the fertile soil in which Christ thrives.” Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.” 2 Corinthians 2:9
We all test one another. For example, the teacher tests her pupil to see if he mastered the material. You test for various reasons, but principally for the sake of the one tested and for the sake of the one testing. The one tested uses it as a benchmark, indicating that he can now take the next step. The one testing does it to determine the amount of responsibility that can be delegated, as illustrated by the flight instructor testing the pilot before giving him a license.
In spiritual matters you must take care when testing another. It must be according to Scripture and for a holy cause. For example, Paul says, “For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”247 False apostles followed Paul’s ministry, forcing Paul to test the Corinthians whether they remained true to the Faith, or strayed after error. Without testing the Corinthians, Paul would not know what his next step ought to be. Paul’s desire to test them was not borne out of any personal consideration; he sought the spiritual good of God’s people. Never shy from testing other people. Simply make sure that you are seeking their best rather than your own.
247 II Corinthians 2:17
Esther 3-5 Acts 5:22-42 (New King James Version)
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