Calling You on It

That’s what Paul did. He called the Corinthians on their sin. He dared them to test themselves in the true faith, admit their sin and change ASAP.

Do we dare do that for ourselves? Don’t you want to know if your faith is as pure and strong as you think it is? Here are the highlights from 2 Corinthians 13. Remember, there’s a test.

Well, this is my third visit coming up. On my second visit I warned that if that bunch that keeps sinning over and over in the same old ways that when I came back, I wouldn’t go easy on them. Now, I’m saying it again. If you haven’t changed your ways by the time I get there, look out. You’ll get the full force of Christ, don’t think you won’t. He was sheer weakness and humiliation when he was killed on the cross, but oh, he’s alive now—in the mighty power of God! We weren’t much to look at, either, when we were humiliated among you, but when we deal with you this next time, we’ll be alive in Christ, strengthened by God.

Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise.

I’m writing this to you so that when I come, I won’t have to say another word on the subject. The authority the Master gave me is for putting people together, not taking them apart. I want to get on with it, and not have to spend time on reprimands.  Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. (From 2 Corinthians 13, MSG)

Prayer- Lord you promise that if we do all this that you, the God of love and peace will be with us for sure. We’re on it, Lord. Amen.

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