2 Corinthians 6-9
Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Paul first starts with going over all of the hardships he endured in order to not put any stumbling block in front of everyone. He then warns the church not to yoke themselves with non-believers. After that Paul praises the church for their repentance after the first letter he wrote to them. Finally, Paul gives further instruction, encouraging the Church to be even more generous in their giving.
What is one key verse?
“But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
How does what you read change your vision of God?
The Corinthian Church had an ample amount of issues as we have seen in the first letter to them. However, even through all those issues, God still accepted them as his people. No where do we get the sense that God abandoned the Church due to their many transgressions. Rather we see God working through Paul to sanctify his church and build it up to be more God centered and righteous.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
This section made me realize how much more grace I need to have both for myself and others. It would be easy to get judgmental and critical of a Church that had so many issues and sins. However, Paul did not stop trying to encourage the Church and still regarded them as fellow Brothers and Sisters.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will go with God more confidently that he is with me and continuing to sanctify my life even through all my failures.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I see the grace that is found in Christ in these scriptures. Sins that deserve death are pardoned due to the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross. Not only are the sins of the Church forgiven, the Church has the opportunity to repent and change due to the Holy Spirit that dwells within each believer.