Focus Scripture 2 Corinthians 13:5-6, NLT)
The Church in Corinth did some things right, as shown in the previous reflection. But, although Paul commended them for their new behavior, he still had some recommendations for change. These proposals still serve us well in the present day. And we should heed them. The suggestions are in this section.
- Keep the genuine faith. Examine yourself. Ask yourself if you believe in the promises of God. Do you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead? Can you step out on your belief in the face of overwhelming odds and know that Jesus paid it all so that you can be free. Do you believe that without faith, it is impossible to please God?
- Test yourselves. Test everything – the answers to the test are found in the Word of God. Paul was always admonishing the church to put themselves to the test. In other letters Paul says to test everything; hold onto that which is good. Paul wanted the parishioners to know they shouldn’t believe everything that comes out of people’s mouths. They had to have a conceptual framework. For those who claim to know Jesus, that framework should be the Word of God. That’s why Jesus told his disciples in John 8:31 – “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
- Love each other. I believe that Paul wanted the Corinthians to love each, unselfishly, sacrificially, unconditionally. Paul loved Jesus like that. He told us about it in his letter to the Galatians. Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20 (NKJV), “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
After laying out his recommendations for change and growth in the community, Paul closed his letter, which is in the next segment of this series.