Responding to a wrong

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10
Monday May 30, 2016

Focus passage: So I encourage you to show your love for this person. 2 Corinthians 2:8

Some things never change, we find ways to communicate over distances and we at times lose the message either through simply forgetting the message or by actually losing the physical printed words, be it on paper or on screen.  This seems to be the case with Paul and his correspondence with the community in Corinth.  Some scholars believe that there is a missing letter between what we commonly refer to as First and Second Corinthians. 

Evidence for that missing letter comes in the passage for today. It seems that Paul was mistreated by a member of the community and instead of returning for a visit he sent a letter expressing his concern for this person’s actions.  The community responded by calling the member to account for his actions but then continued to treat the person poorly, which is only furthering the incident and brokenness.  Paul explains that the spiritual discipline of forgiveness needs to be practiced in their community.

Paul speaks to the community about the need for second chances.  Who do you need to give a second chance to?  Be in prayer for that person this week. 

Prayer:  God help me to embrace forgiveness for myself and for others.  Be known in the mending of my brokenness and in the broken relationships in my life.  Amen. 


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