Today you should read: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14
This is the final chapter of the letters to the church at Corinth. Thank you for being faithful to read God’s Word each day. It’s so important!
Paul is very firm in this final chapter. The content of the 2nd letter of Corinthians, deals a great deal with some bad behavior and incorrect doctrine in the church. Paul’s doing the right thing – in the infamous words of the great theologian Barney Fife
This brings up a great question: How do we deal with discipline issues in the church?
There are many opinions and techniques but, as always, the Bible is clear – especially on this matter. (Titus 3:9-11, 2 Corinthians 2:5-11, 1 Corinthians 5:5 and 11, James 5:19-20, 2 Thessalonians 3:13-14, and more!)
The best and clearest instructions are found in Matthew 18…
If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-17)
Three simple steps:
If someone sins against you…
- Go to them alone – if they repent… you’re done.
- Go with 1 or 2 others – if they repent… you’re done.
- Go to the leadership of the church.
Remember not to share this with anyone else. If you do, you’re sinning through gossip and that’s not how you would want to be treated if the roles were reversed.
Paul wraps up the book with some awesome Final Words…
- Be joyful
- Keep Growing – Grow to maturity
- Encourage each other
- Live in harmony and peace with others
What a great list to work on and live by! Praying that you have an incredible day today in the Lord.
Posted by: Tim Parsons