Saturday 6 May, 2017

2 Corinthians 3:1-6

3 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Some people need letters that speak well of them. Do we need those kinds of letters, either to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter. You are written on our hearts. Everyone knows you and reads you. 3 You make it clear that you are a letter from Christ. You are the result of our work for God. You are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God. You are a letter written not on tablets made out of stone but on human hearts. 4 Through Christ, we can be sure of this before God. 5 In ourselves we are not able to claim anything for ourselves. The power to do what we do comes from God. 6 He has given us the power to serve under a new covenant. The covenant is not based on the written Law of Moses. It comes from the Holy Spirit. The written Law kills, but the Spirit gives life.

This passage speaks to me about the fruit of the Spirit, that this is our letter, not as a “certificate of merit” that hangs on a wall, but that there is effective fruit in our lives by the Spirit. I believe this is what Paul is reminding the Corinthian church of, that they do not obtain credit by a written commendation, but by the fruit of their lives in Christ. He then reminds them that this is by the Spirit, and not by their own competency.
A timely reminder to myself, that the fruit of my life is not actually about me, or due to my competency, but, due to God equipping and providing. This challenges my thoughts of pride, and leads me to thank God for his grace, equipping and provision.
And so my prayer is simple as I scribe this. Lord, increase the fruit of my life that You, and You only, will be glorified. In Jesus name. Amen

Written by Steve Fell

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