Questions for Reflection for Study of 2 Corinthians 1-4

The Gospel message gives us hope for the future. God’s plan for us offers a future of safety, accomplishment, and confidence. Because of Christ, nothing we ever face will be greater than the hope which has been given. A hope that erases guilt, a power that breaks bad habits, and a purpose that transforms problems. A hope that provides protection, relieves fear, supplies needs, and promises to secure a future.

Reading over the last few weeks in Psalm 38-41, David experienced prolonged difficulty. He was silent, became more distressed, life to him was meaningless. Then he turned to God for his needs, put his hope in Him, and prayed for help. This was David’s mood breaker and it can be our mood breaker too!

God’s Word gives strength, inner joy, and brings light to darkness. During the storms of life, we can put down our anchor of hope by turning to God in prayer, knocking on the door, opening it, and inside find the answers to our request. When our request are answered, we all need celebration. To have fun, enjoy life, and pause along the way to praise God for progress and blessings.

David experienced deceit, gossip, and betrayal. These are human experiences that we can all face in present times. It may be at the place you work at or maybe a business you own and your competitor is spreading false information to harm your business. It could be in a bad relationship and someone is accusing you of something you didn’t do.

Have you ever bought something and you have to put it together without the instructions? When there is a missing part or if things don’t line up, you don’t have a chance. It’s the same with our life plan. If it doesn’t fit with what God wants, it’s not going to work. Make sure your life plan lines up with what God has laid out so you can be assured of a finished product that is meaningful and makes an impact.

We can pray to learn and apply the principles found in the Bible; asking God to search inside our soul and clear out what shouldn’t be there. We can accept the plan for us in His Son which gives us the integrity to be in His presence. The reading plan below will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with God amazing!

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Questions for Reflection

2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Why do you think the righteous suffer? How do you react in times of difficulty and stress? If you are confident that God is actively involved in your life and circumstances, how should your confidence affect your attitude today?

2 Corinthians 1:12-23
What factors, does Paul claim, govern his conduct in relation to both Christians and non-Christians? How would you defend Paul from the charges of insincerity, fickleness, and indecision from this passage? What do verses 18-20 reveal about the nature and promises of God?

2 Corinthians 2:1-11
What reason does Paul give for not visiting the Corinthian church as he had formerly planned? What does Paul recommend that the Corinthians do to the offender? What principles of church discipline and forgiveness does Paul teach from this incident?

2 Corinthians 2:12 through 3:6
How is Paul’s ministry influenced by fellow Christians? What has God done through you recently? What shows that that the knowledge of God is spread through your character? In what ways will you be a letter from Christ?

2 Corinthians 3:7-18
What are the two dispensations introduced in verses 7-8? Which surpasses the other? Why? To what extent are you being changed daily?

2 Corinthians 4:1-15
How has Paul received the ministry he has been given? What is involved in the gospel (relate to light)? What does to be given up to death for Jesus’ sake in your experiences a school, work, and among your family and friends mean for you, specifically?

2 Corinthians 4:16 through 5:10
What is the difference between the outer and inner nature? What objective or truth about life has completely grasped Paul and molded his attitudes and actions? What will you do to be of good courage today?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print. 
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“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
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Desolation to Restoration

If facing difficulty, have confidence that God will lend a hand today. You may fall down in life but God’s love will lift you up. There may be mistakes made along the journey but God’s love will bring comfort and set you back on the right path for an improved future.

Step Ahead

Facing difficulty
In a desolate place
But you can meet
It face to face.

From desolation
With so much strife
To a place of joy
And peace in life.

There may be mistakes
Along the journey
But God’s love has
Provided the attorney.

To lift you up,
Carry on His back
Along the right path
And always on track.

Just pray with confidence,
Use scripture to guide;
For the future is bright
When faith is applied.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-07-2019

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The Plan Gives Integrity

Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. – Psalm 41:12 

The post “Lining Up with the Plan” had some thoughts about the importance of following God’s plan.  We can accept God’s plan for us through His Son which gives us integrity. To do things right, we must set up a good foundation. Living the way Jesus teaches is like building that foundation and building upon that foundation leads to something meaningful and makes an impact.

David faced deceit, gossip, and betrayal and we too can face these same issues. Just remember that God is in control and will not allow your enemies to take advantage of you. Continue to pray and maintain your integrity.  Be honest with yourself and have the attitude of wanting to know where you fall short and what you need to do. Here is a short poem inspired by the song If We’re Honest by Francesca Battistelli:

Let His love heal
The hurts that divide
For mercy is waiting
On the other side
So be honest and set free
And not at a loss
By laying your secrets down
At the foot of the cross. 
 

 

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