13 Sep 2018
Preparing Ourselves for Exciting Days Ahead
In 2 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV) we read:
“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.”
These are the Apostle Paul’s parting words in his second letter to the Corinthian Church. These verses explain what he knows is God’s best for them. Paul encourages the people to aim for restoration and to get their priorities right. He urges them to listen to all he has previously written, remembering that he was writing under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit comes to build us up. On rare occasions He comes to correct and chastise in order to get us back on track; a better place from which to continue our journey. But He will never leave us without bringing words of comfort and encouragement. Spiritual examples of this two-pronged approach are the letters to the Asian churches in Revelation 2. An earthly example would be that of a good parent with his/her child, chastising and correcting with love, then restoring with hugs and kisses. Some things are harmful, so we must teach right from wrong.
Paul urges them to be of one mind. He appeals for unity, with no more striving in different directions, pulling apart what God is building among them. Backbiting and gossip always destroy trust, eating into the foundation of the Church and bringing a spirit of uneasiness. Paul loved the Corinthian Church and prayed every blessing on its members, committing them to God’s care and safekeeping.
Pause and reflect: Let’s commit to speaking words of encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ, praying daily for the Church that we might accomplish all that the Holy Spirit has planned for us in the exciting days ahead.