In 2 Corinthians 7, we learn that there are at least three guarantees in the life of every faithful Christian.
Affliction – In the second verse, Paul writes, “we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one” (7:2). Even though Paul had done nothing wrong, he still endured great trials in his life. In the fifth verse, we read that he was “afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within.” (7:5). As faithful as he was, Paul endured regular difficulties in his life, and we can expect to experience the same.
Rejoicing – Paul rejoiced in his trials (7:2), at the repentance of the Corinthians (7:9), and in their sincere obedience to God’s word (7:10, 16). We can also expect to experience great joy in our lives as Christians. As we experience unavoidable trials, we can rejoice in knowing that our faith is growing deeper, stronger, and bolder (James 1:2-3). As we witness others come to repentance, and as we observe their lives of faithful obedience to God, we likewise rejoice.
Comfort – Paul wrote, “But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” Paul was comforted by fellowship with other Christians (7:6), he found comfort in their sincere faithfulness to God, and most importantly, Paul was comforted by God Himself.
Every Christian life will experience afflictions from the world, rejoicing with faithful Christians, and ultimately, comfort, which is provided by God.