Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (Tuesday 5.30)
The Church is the body of Christ and is incomplete without any one of its members. As the Church, we leave no man behind. This section is about a Christian who sinned against Paul and against the church. Paul points out here that the sin committed wasn’t just against him, but against everyone. That’s the nature of sin – it never affects only you, it will always affect the Church. Paul says that we are not ignorant of Satan’s designs – what are Satan’s designs? To keep a Christian in the dark, to keep him alone, to tell him that no one will ever know about his sin and it doesn’t hurt anyone. But who is Satan? The Father of Lies!
What is Paul’s instruction for the church in this case? Isn’t it to forgive the sinner and bring him or her back into the community? When we forgive a fellow Christian, we bring them into community and fellowship. Satan is about keeping people alone and in the dark, but God is about keeping Christians together, maintaining the unity of the Church, and bringing people into the light.
Questions for Reflection: Is there a fellow Christian whom you need to forgive? What do you find beautiful about the unity of the church?
2 Corinthians 11 (Saturday 6.3)
The Christian life is not all about feelings, we all know that. But they are important enough for Paul to address one aspect of our feelings towards Christ in this chapter: the sincerity of our devotion towards Him. Paul wrote this chapter to prove his apostleship, and by proving his apostleship he was telling the Corinthians that the gospel he preached to them was true. This was important because the Corinthian church was plagued by false teachers who were trying to twist Jesus into someone He wasn’t.
Like the Corinthians, we often have ideas in our heads about who Jesus is that are simply not true, and those ideas take away from the sincerity of our devotion towards Him. Ask the Holy Spirit if there are any false ideas you have about Jesus and ask Him to reveal to you who Christ really is. Take time getting to know Him and cultivate a sincere devotion to Him by spending time with Him. Find new ways to spend time with the Lord and let His deep love for you draw you to Himself and inspire a love for Him in return.
Questions for Reflection: How is your love towards Christ? Do you feel a love towards Him? Are there any false ideas of Christ that you believe?
Reflections written by Monica Friesen