At the end of this first section of 2 Corinthians Paul chooses to rejoice in the progress of the Corinthian church. He finds joy despite affliction, joy in Titus and his good news, joy in their changed lives, and joy in their strengthened relationship. Can you find joy in all circumstances. Content and certain of…
God’s glory can be found even in and through our suffering. His power is displayed through our weakness. Even in apparent defeat God is doing something in and through you! So become nothing, so God can make something out of you!
Paul encourages the church in Corinth to offer forgiveness, comfort, love, and restoration to one who offended Paul and the church. If repentance has taken place, it’s better to restore an offender rather than let him fall into despair. Forgive, comfort, love…that’s the way of Jesus.
Paul had pure motives in his dealings with the Corinthian church. His change of plans was not frivolous or self serving but for their benefit. What about our motives? When called into question how do our motives stand up?