Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
Tuesday June 14, 2016

Focus passage: We all must appear before Christ in court so that each person can be paid back for the things that were done while in the body, whether were good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10

Paul then speaks about the judgment seat of Christ in which we will be paid back for the things that were done on earth.  There are a couple of ways to interpret this passage.  The most common one I often hear alludes to this being a time of punishment for wrongs we have done.  But I would like to offer a different perspective.

When we hold onto grudges we are not just hurting the person who harmed us, but we are also harming ourselves.  When we act out in anger, it harms others as well as ourselves.  When we choose to act out of anger rather than respond compassionately, we also are damaged in the relationship.  Paul reminds us that we are all connected in community and how we choose to treat one another affects us all.  There is a ripple effect in our actions that can either be helpful or harmful.

Take time to write down a summary of your day (if you are doing this in the morning, reflect on yesterday).  What did you do that built up relationships and what did you do that perhaps broke relationship?

Prayer: God help me to build up your kingdom today.  Help me to walk by faith and not by sight.  Guide my words and my actions.  Amen.


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