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