One Common Link

This poem is inspired by 2 Corinthians 6 and 7. Some things just don’t mix together very well like water and oil or like pizza and weight loss. In the same way, worshiping idols does not mix with worshiping the ONE true God.

Step Ahead

Like oil mixed with water,
Winter and silk,
Pizza and weight loss
Or vinegar with milk

The world has idols
Worshiped in wickedness
That do not mix well
With righteousness.

But a common link
Is the Holy Spirit
And paradise
Is ours to inherit.

So take on each challenge
By focusing on God
For difficulties
Can be sent abroad.

He’s near to us
Providing a plus
Thus working things out
For all of us.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 05-09-2019

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Instruction

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:30-31

Within the post “Stern Because of Concern”, Paul demonstrates his love for the Corinthians. His love was similar to parents loving their children. He was willing to postpone what he would like for what they would like because he was concerned for their future.

This continues to be the greatest instruction for us today. To love God the Father with all our heart, soul, and mind. Then to love our neighbor as ourselves. Take inspiration from today’s song More by Matthew West. 
 

 

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Stern Because of Concern

In 2 Corinthians 12:11-21, Paul spends time acting as the ironic fool because he wants to get across to them that he is laying it all out there for their own benefit and not his own benefit. He loves the Corinthians like his own children and only means well for their future.

Paul’s defenses are directed at the false teachers who believed he desired personal financial gain. In the past, the Corinthians did not stand up to the false teachers and allowed them to misrepresent his motives.

Even though Paul was let down by the Corinthians, He would continue his support of them because of his love for them. He feels much like a parent feels when their children have let them down.

We all work hard to make the life for future generations better than our own. When our friends and family dishonor this hard work by rejecting our efforts and going in the wrong direction, there is this feeling of why should I work so hard? I could enjoy life and spend my intellectual and monetary resources on myself rather than working so hard for future generations.

Paul is apprehensive about his forthcoming visit to the Corinthians because he may find that they are losing the battle rather than winning. He may find that they are losing to the negatives like discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, and arrogance.

He’s apprehensive because they may lose the battle towards the way of Christ and things may eventually fall apart. The negative way of life may not cause things to fall apart in the present but in the distant future. The burdens of the future would fall on those who do not listen to the way of Christ.

The older generation has a responsibility to the younger generation to give instruction about the way of Christ. Parents have a responsibility to their children, teachers to their students, brothers to their sisters, and neighbors to each other.

This day with You Lord, help us to do what needs to be done. To accept the love You have given in Your Son and point out this love. Help us to offer this love to others even when they may reject this love. Help us to be concerned for the well-being of others. Amen.

 

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