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 1:10-19
10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Paul’s Change of Plans
12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?
18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.”
Amen | Becky Newman
2 Corinthians 1:19
As this letter to the Corinthians begins, Paul must address a few things and clear the air to set the relationship between him and the Corinthians back up in right position with Jesus as the head. The Corinthians have been listening to the scheming lies of the evil one and letting these thoughts eat away at their relationships with God and other believers. It sounds like a bitter root is growing among this church, focused on destruction and confusion. When these thoughts start to take over, the Truth is harder to discern. Paul points to the Truth here so they can clearly see that it is found in Jesus and not in this sinful world. The “yes” in this verse is translated from “amen”, which is an affirmation specific to believers, affirming belief and submission under God. This affirmation is the beginning of restoring right relationship, eyes focused on God, to rid thoughts of bitterness and confusion, and to once again be set on the straight path to the Throne.
Oh Corinthians, my thoughts get easily muddled too. Why do I keep choosing to go there? There is no peace there. It’s accusations and bitterness and a big huge yucky mess. Thank you, Paul, for this easy way to stop the insane downward inward spiral that my thoughts often take. It is prayer. “Amen” is how I end my prayers, the affirmation that I believe You are the One True God and I submit my life to You, to re-direct my path and thoughts. Every amen puts me back in right relationship with You and conquers the yuck.
All Your promises are yes and amen! Thank You, Lord, that through Jesus, I can come to You and reset and restore. My thoughts were going the way of the Corinthians this week, but as I prayed this morning, I acknowledged the right relationship with You, and peace reigned as each bad thought ballooning in my head popped. Keep me there, Lord. Return me to the amen when I stray.
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