Wednesday, March 19, 2008

2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11

Today's reading has a great, but tough message for us. It is in regard to tough love.

"For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you." (2 Corinthians 2:4)

Have you ever had to reprimand someone? Perhaps a co-worker, a friend, or a child. How did it make you feel? Well, I submit that Paul did not enjoy reprimanding his friends and fellow believers; but he loved them enough to confront them with their wrong doings.

"Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses." (Proverbs 27:6) Sometimes the people we love can stray, or make wrong choices. If we see this and ignore it how are we helping them? If we look the other way we are not showing love for them. We show love by expressing our concern in a caring, personal manner. We express our concern in a way that would help them do the best they can to advance God's kingdom. If we do not make any move to help, we are indicating through our actions that we care more for being liked, or not rocking the boat, than about what will happen to them.

I fully realize it is not easy, but let's take Paul's example and try to help each other. If we truly do it in a loving way just think of the joy we will all ultimately share.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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