Daily Archives: November 28, 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 12:15-13:3
15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit. 17 Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?
19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. 20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.
13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them— 3 since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.
2 Corinthians 12:20
My Bible notes: “While the rebellion against his authority was a problem, Paul realized that in the church there were many other problems, which he feared would be ignored. Paul knew that if the problems were still there upon his arrival, he would be forced to address them; so he must have encouraged the people to deal with these problems on their own. To avoid any confusion and keep the needed focus, Paul listed the sins he wanted the Corinthians to address.”
To me it seems like it’s the same as Paul being the parent of the Corinthians; he loves them and cares about what they do, how they act, and their spiritual growth. Parenting is hard; we want our kids to grow and be healthy in every way. We encourage them to do the right thing even when we’re not with them. I do my Bible study but forget that the kids need to do a Bible study also. I’m excited for December when we do a family study.
Dear Father, thank You for reminding me that the kids need Your encouragement and love just as much as I do. Thank You for Christmas Bible studies, but help us to find one and carry out one all year.
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