Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of 2 Corinthians!
The daily reflections you have shared out on Instagram and Facebook have been wonderful! I have loved reading them each day and they are such an encouragement! If you missed those discussions – I hope you will join us this week. Also, I encourage you to scroll down and look back at last week’s. They are so helpful!
Here are the links to last week’s posts on the blog, in case you missed any of them:
- Intro and Resources for 2 Corinthians 1-5
- 100% of Us Will Die. Are You Prepared for Judgement Day? – based on our reading in 2 Corinthians 5
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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Paul called on the church to separate themselves from the world. This did not mean that they were not to love and minister to unbelievers, but he wanted them to be on guard against their ungodly influence. We need to be in the world but not of the world.
Is there an ungodly bond in your life that needs to be broken? Romans 12:2 tells us, to not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Examine your friendships, your music, movie, book and social media choices. What are some of the ungodly influences in your life that you need to separate yourself from and why?
Not all sorrow over sin is godly sorrow. Some are only sorry because they got caught. But godly grief produces genuine repentance. Repentance is more evident through the actions it produces, than it is through someone’s words or tears. Godly sorrow leads to sweet forgiveness, while worldly sorrow leads to regret, bad consequences and death.
Our sorrow over sin does not feel good but it is good for us because it leads to repentance. Pause and consider, when was the last time you grieved over your sin? Is there sin in your life that you need to repent of? Write a prayer of repentance below.
Paul wanted the Corinthian church to not just excel in faith, speech, knowledge and love but in giving as well. They may have had good intentions about giving but he wanted them to put action to their good intentions. Giving is an act of grace, that comes from God. God is the one who gives to us, so that we can give to others. Our generosity shows the work of God in our lives.
Sometimes we think of those who give financial support to ministries as people who are taking a short cut because they don’t want to roll up their sleeves and do the dirty work. But that is not how God sees it. Giving shows the grace of God at work in a believer’s life. Are you generous? Is there someone in need that you could help today? Is there a ministry or missionary that could use your support? Do not worry about the size of the gift. God looks at the heart. What changes do you need to make, so that you can put action to your good intentions and excel in the grace of giving?
God is a cheerful giver and he wants us to be like him and give cheerfully as well. The word cheerful here means hilarious or to be happy. God does not want us to give reluctantly or from outward pressure but instead to be happy givers.
When we give our offering, it should not feel like a tax that is forced. Instead, it should come from the overflow of a happy heart. This verse does not say that God loves when you give but that he loves a cheerful giver. God is looking at your heart. Now consider your bank account and the money that you have recently spent. Usually, how we spend our money reveals the things we love. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” When was the last time you gave to the Lord? Are you a cheerful giver?
Though we live in the flesh, the war of the mind is not against flesh but against spiritual strongholds. There are those who argue and debate the truth of God, who give their lofty opinions. They come against God in our minds. Our flesh is powerless against the enemies lies, so we must take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.
Paul tells the Corinthian church to take “every” thought captive. Pause for a moment and reflect on your thoughts – take them captive. What ungodly opinions and arguments have you come up against lately? Have you struggled with fear, bitterness, anger, lust, greed, jealousy or other sinful thoughts? What thoughts or lies have you held on to, that need to be changed and made obedient to Christ?
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for 2 Corinthians.
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Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
I use the ESV Inductive Study Bible and the ESV Journaling Bible as my personal study Bible.
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Keep walking with the King,
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