Saturday 16 November, 2013

2 Corinthians 13:5-13

5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. 11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.

Today’s passage is Paul’s last reminder, greetings and blessings to the church in Corinth.

Just like a parent that keeps reminding their children in every perspective, Paul asked/urged the Corinthians to examine and test themselves to see if they really were Christians (Jesus’ followers).

Paul loves the Corinthian church very much, even after he was challenged for the evidence of his apostle-authority. He urged the Corinthians to give themselves spiritual checkups so that they could grow into mature believers, not doing anything wrong, but growing in strength and becoming perfect (like Jesus).

Therefore, when Paul visits the Corinthians again (for a third time), he doesn’t have to be harsh by using his authority.

The challenge of this passage to me is:

1. Do I examine and test myself about my faith in Jesus regularly?

2. If I have been misunderstood/wronged, would I still love people and give them true advice?

3. Do I make my leader/shepherd constantly worried or glad about me?

Dear Lord, thank you for choosing me as your child. You died on the cross for my sins. Help me and give me strength to examine my faith in you all the time. Amen.

 

Written by Allen Leu

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