In 2nd Corinthians 2 Paul gives some instruction on forgiving a brother who was in sin and had since repented. He instructed the believers to forgive, comfort and reaffirm their love for this brother.  In forgiving he says that no advantage would be taken of them by Satan.  When people do not forgive it allows for bitterness to grow and hinders the mission of the Church.  Lord, thank you for the forgiveness I have in Jesus – may I extend forgiveness to others so that the work of the Gospel will not be maligned.

In 2nd Corinthians 3 Paul says that the only commendation that he and his companions need is that of Christ and the work they have done in His name in Corinth.  Others (false teachers) were trying to discredit Paul, but Paul would not be hindered by their criticism.  Instead, Paul trusted in the Spirit of Christ in him to do what he was called to do.  Lord, may you alone be my source of commendation as I minister in the midst of difficulty or delight.

In 2nd Corinthians 4 Paul reminds them that it is not about him, but Christ.  He writes in verse 5, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” Paul’s focus was on preaching Christ Jesus as Lord, because He alone can change a sinners heart and make them knew.  He saw himself as a servant to the people and the best way he could serve them was to preach Christ Jesus as Lord.  Lord, by your grace keep me focused on serving others by preaching Christ Jesus as Lord so that they might be changed for Your glory.

– Bryan McKenzie

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