Friday 15 November, 2013

2 Corinthians 13:1-4

13 This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” 2 I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, 3 since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.

How do we know that God is speaking through someone? Some are not convinced it is God, unless there is a miraculous sign or some display of power. Some think that being gentle and meek is a sign of weakness.

Jesus Christ was the supreme example of weakness (in His crucifixion) and strength (His resurrection and ascension) Jesus was obedient unto death, He refused to retaliate against His accusers. However, He did not remain in ‘weakness’, but came to life again through the resurrection power of God.

We live in the strength of God when we act decisively against anything that would ensnare us or corrupt the body of Christ. As we spend time with him and live our lives according to His word, be assured you will live your life through the same resurrection power of God.

When someone is doing something wrong, go and address the situation. Don’t gossip, complain, stay silent and allow bitterness to grow. Don’t take the way of this world. Be different, because Jesus has made a difference in our lives.

The Holy Spirit in us gives us the power for purity, witness, perseverance in suffering, and a power that enables us to live according to His purposes.

Thank you God that you are faithful in your love, faithful to pursue, correct, redeem, restore and forgive. Help me to walk meekly before you, yet ready to stand up, speak out and stand for righteousness and truth. I ask this the name of Jesus my Lord, Amen.

Written by Cathy Croft

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