Daily Archives: November 16, 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!
2 Corinthians 7:13-8:5
13 Therefore we are comforted.
And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 14 For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true. 15 And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you.
Encouragement to Give Generously
8:1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
Just Keep Giving | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 8:3-5
Despite some major struggles in the churches of Macedonia, they were joyful. They gave more than they had with a contagious enthusiasm and still wanted to give more. They didn’t stop at turning their lives to Jesus, they were all in!
As an eternal optimist, I know that even when times are hard, it’s not really all that bad. But in my good times or bad times, I don’t know that I’ve ever had this reaction. I want to be filled with so much joy that I feel compelled to give and give and give. And when I’ve given all I have, give even more!
God, I want that mindset – to just keep giving and giving. Show me where to start and how You want this to look for me. Give me the opportunities and the courage to act! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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