Daily Archives: November 11, 2018

November 11 – 2 Corinthians 5:7-15

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!

2 Corinthians 5:7-15

for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

SOAP Note

Live A Little Crazy  | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:13

Observation

Following Jesus does feel a little crazy at times. It’s so counter-cultural and seems to glorify the uncomfortable. Who would actually want that? But it’s all for God. Glorifying God is worth the crazy, right?

Application

I’m reminded of a popular song from a popular movie that basically sends the message that breaking free from society’s mold is liberating, exciting. But as the movie demonstrates, it comes with risks. Hatred, ridicule, loss. The movie has a happy ending, however, because everyone agrees that their ‘crazy’ was a good thing and was worth it to continue pursuing. That’s kind of like this journey I’m on. It makes me prone to suffering, but bringing glory to God is good so it’s worth it to me to keep going. No matter what anyone says!

Prayer

Father, sometimes I do find myself trying to hide my ‘crazy’ and be more ‘normal’ but that normal doesn’t matter and it won’t last. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You instead, and if it’s crazy I’ll live a little crazy. Because this roller coaster ride can actually be pretty fun and I’m not ready to get off! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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