November 29 – 2 Corinthians 13:4-14
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 13:4-14
4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.
5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 7 But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. 10 For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you.
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Love and Peace Be With You | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 13:11
Well if this doesn’t perfectly sum up what Christianity is supposed to look like, I don’t know what does! Paul ends his letter to the Corinthians with some final instructions. “Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace.” If they can manage that, then “the God of love and peace will be with [them].” (NLT)
These are pretty basic instructions, but they are much easier said than done. How can I expect to be joyful when I’m almost literally drowning in piles of laundry? How can I possibly grow to maturity when every bodily function cracks me up? There’s no way I can be encouraging when my child is being stubborn. And living in peace and harmony? In this political climate, that’s out of the question! But Paul says if I can do that, then the God of love and peace will be with me. Love and peace sure sound good. With love and peace, I can easily be joyful. I can be mature (at least in the ways that count!). I can be encouraging and I can live in peace and harmony with anyone. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! It starts with me – my heart and my attitude – and is made possible by God.
Father, help me to find joy even in joyless situations. Help me to reach maturity, completion in my relationships – especially ours. Help me to encourage others even when I myself am discouraged. And, oh Lord, help me and all of humanity to figure out how to live in peace and harmony with one another. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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