Week 45   Day 4 

 

Paul is in a "I hope they are not angry with me" mode 

            his letter had been harsh

            but his intentions had been good 

 

You can hear him agonize

            about the possibility

            they will cut him out of their lives 

and you can sense guarded relief that

            at least some of them were not offended

            and more of them are forgiving him.

 

 

Paul wants to claim the rights of an apostle 

            to preach and teach the truth about Jesus -

                        this is the way, walk in it

            to reprimand and call for repentance and change 

            to rejoice over those who recognize his authority

                        and obey his instructions.

 

 

 

                                           HOLINESS

                      Now is the time; this is the place.

                                   II Corinthians 6 & 7

 

    1As workers together with Him we plead with you not to

receive the grace of God in vain.  2He says:  "In an acceptable

time and in the day of salvation I have helped you."  Behold,

now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

    4 In all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: 

in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5in

stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness,

in fastings; 6by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by

kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7by the word of

truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on

the right and the left, 8by honor and dishonor, by evil report

and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9as unknown, and

yet well known, as dying, and behold we live; as chastened,

and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor,

yet making many rich; having nothing, yet possessing all things.

    11O Corinthians!  Our heart is wide open.  12You are not

restricted by us, but by your own affections.  13Now in return

for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

    14Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. 

For what fellowship has light with darkness?  1Beloved, let us

cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 

    2Open your hearts to us.  We have wronged no one, we

have cheated no one.  3 I do not say this to condemn; for I

have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together

and to live together.  4Great is my boldness toward you.

    5When we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest; we

were troubled on every side.  Outside were conflicts, inside

were fears.  6Nevertheless, God comforted us by the coming

of Titus, 7and not only by his coming, but also by the

consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he

told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for

me, so that I rejoiced even more.

    8For I perceive the epistle made you sorry, though only

for a while.  10Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to

salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world

produces death.  11For observe:  what diligence it produced

in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation!  In all

things you proved yourselves in this matter.

    16 I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything. 
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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