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 7:4-12
4 I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.
5 For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. 6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. 8 For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God.
Encourage The Discouraged | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 7:5-6
Paul was having a rough time and was getting discouraged. But God “who encourages the discouraged” encouraged him with the news from Titus that his letter to the Corinthians worked. They had repented and turned away from the evil things they were doing.
Whenever I’m unhappy, it doesn’t last long. Someone always comes along to cheer me up – not just “for the moment” but it completely turns things around for me. I have great people, and an even greater God, in my life. As I approach the busiest season of the year, I can remain encouraged that God (and my friends and family) has my back!
Thank You, God, for the people You’ve placed in my life and the joy You’ve given me as a result. I pray this holiday season doesn’t get me down, and instead that I’m able to keep my focus on You and what all this is for. But if I do lose my way and get discouraged, remind me Whose I am and Who You are! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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