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 2:5-13
Forgiveness for the Offender
5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
Ministers of the New Covenant
12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, 13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
Getting Unstuck | Becky Newman
2 Corinthians 2:11
There was a man in the church at Corinth who was causing problems. Paul addressed the problem in one of his letters to the church, and the church disciplined him accordingly. Paul gives this circumstance in a more general light in today’s reading. If this happens, after the just punishment, the church should forgive the person and move on. They should not withhold love from this person but forgive him or her as we have been forgiven through Jesus Christ. If we don’t not take this step, we give Satan an opportunity for a foothold in our hearts and in our church. Satan wants that bitter root to grow and destroy and make us and our church ineffective for God, stuck.
I am not unaware of Satan’s schemes. But that doesn’t mean I don’t find myself wrapped up in them. For this reason, I pray on the Armor of God every morning, to take a stand against the devil’s schemes, to protect Truth and faith, my heart, and my knowledge of Jesus, to be ready always, and to make the offensive strike with Your Word. When I find myself wrapped up in a scheme, I should not stay stuck there but takes the steps with Your sword of the Spirit — Your Holy Word — to slice through each lie and bitter root that entangles. Here, Your Word says I should forgive wrongs committed against me or the church to slice through the entangling root and move on and forward in love.
Lord, I do not want to give the devil a foothold. Help me to forgive the wrongs I perceive and move on and forward in love. Help me get unstuck and stay unstuck.
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