Daily Archives: October 10, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
1 Corinthians 4:8-21
8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.
Paul’s Appeal and Warning
14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?
Paul’s Paternal Care | Rebecca Hoyt
1 Corinthians 4:16
My Bible notes: “By calling himself their spiritual father, Paul was reminding the Corinthians that he had a family connection with them and desired their well-being- and because he did, he wanted their thinking and behavior to honor Christ. Like a loving father, Paul intended to guide them and take care of them. He desperately wanted to be with them, but since his coming was impossible at the time, he arranged to send Timothy in his place.”
Like Paul says in verse 16, “I urge you to imitate me”, I want my kids to imitate me. lt’s not enough for me to go to church and Bible study. I love my kids and want to show them Christ’s love. I need to model for my kids in our crazy everyday lives what God wants us to be, not just tell them about it but show them through my actions and how I respond to different situations.
Dear Father, thank You for weekends where I can spend time with my family, where I can regroup and recharge for the coming week. Please help me to show Your love to my family and anyone I meet this week through my actions and attitude.
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