Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2 Corinthians, Day 3 Readings

Opening Your Hearts, Because Paul Has Already Opened His   

Today's first reading is about the nature of reconciliation.  First, Paul reminds the Corinthians that Jesus is the way that God has restored the relationship between God and all of creation.  Such forgiveness and grace on God's part make it even more possible for human's to offer each other forgiveness in their broken relationships.

And, in case the Corinthians only remember their arguments and frustrations with Paul, he then lists how he much he has suffered to share this message of God's forgiveness and salvation.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:13  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading allows Paul to lead by example.  Just as he hopes that the Corinthian church will again accept his teaching authority, he shares how he has accepted them -- especially after hearing from Titus that they wanted to learn from Paul again.  He has an open heart, filled with love and hope for them, excited that they seem willing to refocus their energies in more faithful ways.  Like a father, Paul accepts that they have learned from their mistakes and are willing to do things differently going forward.

Read 2 Corinthians 7:2-16  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Corinthians 6-7 today.