Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5-9. 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 5-9, as Paul shares about his ministry and explains his actions, including our heavenly dwelling, the ministry of reconciliation, Paul’s hardships and joy, etc.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
One day we will have new bodies – not earthly bodies, but new bodies that will be just right for our lives in eternity. Our resurrected bodies will be perfect and without sickness and disease. Paul was not afraid to pass on, for he was confident that he would be spending eternity with Jesus. We, too, can have this hope, giving us the confidence and inspire us to serve our Heavenly Father faithfully. We must live our lives pleasing God. God offers salvation to each and every one of us; God is always willing to forgive; however, now, in the present, is the best time to receive God’s forgiveness. Paul turned his bad situation into a good one. We all go through discouragement in life; however, how we act in certain situations will show others what we believe. If we can demonstrate our faith even in the middle of bad situations, our faith will grow even stronger. 🙂 God wants us to avoid the sin/temptations around us. When we know what God wants us to do, we must cut off sinful practices in our lives. When we work with other believers, doing God’s work, we will increase Christian unity and help God’s kingdom grow. Paul encourages us to give what we have generously, to give in proportion to what God has given to us. God will always provide for our needs, so we must put our complete trust and faith in Him.
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.