2 Corinthians 9
October 3, 2021Day 276
What a surprise! The Corinthians now learn that, just as Paul has bragged about the Macedonians to them, he was also bragging to the Macedonians about them! He goes on to give more detail about the kind of life blessings that follow generosity. The fact is, if we are selfish, it doesn't make us have any more plenty. It only makes us unhappy. But if we give lovingly, we find that God meets all our needs. How have you found this to be true in your life?
2 Corinthians 8
October 2, 2021Day 275
Paul holds up the example of one church to another. The churches in Macedonia, even though they were going through very hard times themselves, begged to be allowed to send offerings for the relief of other churches in trouble. Paul asks the Corinthians to see this generosity of spirit as a challenge to them to do the same. Do you give even when it feels you have little to share? How does it make you feel?
2 Corinthians 7
October 1, 2021Day 274
Paul repeats in more detail how happy he is that the Corinthians have repented and shown eager joy to turn their lives around and be obedient to Paul, but most of all, to God. He speaks very personally to them about how sorry he was to have to rebuke them, but how glad he is for the results. Have you ever been in a situation where you made wrong choices, were rebuked, and ended up in a much better and more loving situation not only in spite of that trouble, but because of it?
2 Corinthians 6
September 30, 2021Day 273
Again, Paul lists the difficulties and trials he and his companions have gone through, and try to show how they are letting the Holy Spirit shine through even in the midst of those trials. Go through the list and find the ones that have happened to you. Have you let the Spirit shine through them? In our study verse, 18, Paul is kind of quoting from 2 Samuel 7: 8 and 14. There are lots of other verses in the Bible, too, where God promises to be a Father to us, and of course Jesus modeled that with every day of His life. How does it feel to know that you are the son or daughter of God?
2 Corinthians 5
September 29, 2021Day 272
Right now, while we're still in “jars of clay,” we're waiting, longing so much for Jesus to come, the world to be made new, and our bodies to be changed into the glorious, immortal ones God has promised. In the meantime, we're charged with a “ministry of reconciliation,” sharing the work God in Christ did on the cross and does in every heart. Isn't it amazing? “The new creation,” Paul says, “is already here!” We can “become the righteousness of God”! That's impossible—except with God, for Whom all things are possible.
2 Corinthians 4
September 28, 2021Day 271
In this chapter, it looks as if Paul is seeking to reassure himself, too. He has been through some very hard times of criticism and oppression. Have you ever noticed that when you're feeling down or bad, if you talk to someone else both about your troubles and about Jesus, it makes you both feel better? Look at the list of troubles in verses 7 through 12, then look at the positive affirmations Paul gets even from that list. Can you do that when you are in trouble? Isn't it a nice image, the light of the Holy Spirit shining through the cracks in our broken “jars of clay”?
2 Corinthians 3
September 27, 2021Day 270
Once again, Paul looks to history. He reminds the people that when Moses had spoken with God, his face glowed, and the people were afraid to look at him. Paul says that the new covenant, sealed in Jesus' blood, is even more glorious, but that they shouldn't veil their faces from it. He reminds them of the freedom that is only to be found in Jesus. Do you think he is seeking to reassure them, after the last letter of rebuke?