Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1-4. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In 1 Corinthians, we read about how the believers in Corinth were struggling with their environment and the sinfulness around them. They were surrounded with corruption and many sins, feeling the pressure to adapt. When Paul learned of the peoples’ struggles, he wrote a letter to address their issues and answer their questions. Paul was letting the people know that they should live like they believe, which is very important. There were false teachers who denied Paul’s authority and said false things about him. That is when Paul wrote the Book of 2 Corinthians in order to defend his position and confront those who twisted the truth. Follow along as we read 2 Corinthians 1-4, as Paul shares about his ministry and explains his actions.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Our God is a very faithful Father. His strength will get us through anything in life. When we suffer, God gives us comfort. We must learn how to rely on God daily, always remembering to thank Him for all that He does for us. We are nothing without our God. This next Book of the Bible expresses how in everything, we must act in love. Paul reminded the Corinthian people that they would one day receive new bodies in Heaven. This gave them great encouragement and hope during times of their suffering. We, too, can hold onto God’s promise of an eternity free from pain and suffering with Him and our loved ones. We can also look at our problems in life as opportunities for us to see God work in mighty ways. We have so much to look forward to in the future; the best is yet to come! Paul also explained his beliefs about giving to those in need. God wants us to give generously to those in need, as well, being sure to follow through on our financial commitments. God blesses us, and He wants us to bless others. In this fallen world, there are times where we may be pressured to give up and turn away from following God. However, we must be sure to remember the benefits of standing firm, continuing to live for Jesus. Others should be able to see God’s light shining through us. 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of 2 Corinthians, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.