Happy Thursday! Have you ever been in a situation where you needed a credible witness? Maybe as a kid your parent asked the famous question “who did this/that” and you responded “it wasn’t me.” If your statement was true, you probably listed eye witnesses to prove your innocence. Today, we will conclude 2 Corinthians chapter one with Paul declaring his witness. Join me as we read verses 23 through 24. Have an amazing day.
“23 Now I call upon God as my witness that I am telling the truth. The reason I didn’t return to Corinth was to spare you from a severe rebuke. 24 But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.” – 2 Corinthians 1:23-24 NLT
Paul knew the truth and felt it necessary to share it with the Corinthian church. However, Paul also knew who his ultimate defender and witness was. Paul trusted God and His ability to make all things right. Paul understood the bigger picture – the Corinthian church standing firm in their own faith without being easily swayed by false teachers or the world.
Sisters and brothers, it is also my desire to see or hear about all of you having great faith and standing firm in the truth and promises of God’s word. Will you ask God to strengthen your faith and help you to stand firm? _______
Father God, thank you for being our credible witness. Lord, thank you for standing in the gap for us and for fighting our battles when the odds seem to be heavily against us. Lord, you have been faithful when others have not been faithful to us. Lord, you have been faithful when we haven’t been faithful to you. Lord, your word and your love for us are consistent and without fail. Lord, forgive us for the sins we have committed (known and unknown). Lord, lead us each day and help us to stand firm in our own faith in you. Lord, replenish us with your truth and unselfish grace. Lord, as we go through this day remind us of your goodness, remind us of your redemption and empower us to love and forgive. Lord, our love for you seems sufficient in our own eyes, but Lord we know that you are calling us to love as you love. Lord, pour into our hearts the love that overflows and impacts the world to bring you glory. Lord, let us be bold witness of the Good News, but humble enough like Paul not to dominate others faith. May we always point others to you through our words or deeds. May our actions lead to you being our witness, our defense attorney and judge in the midst of opposition. Lord, keep making us new, keep transforming us into who you have called us to be. In Jesus name, amen.
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