Lesson of Loving Your Neighbor and Forgiveness

False teachers had invaded the Corinthian church and tried to turn the people against Paul by saying he was insincere, fickle, and indecisive. They accused Paul of not sticking to his plans to visit them but Paul refrained from going to Corinth in person because the timing was not right. Reading in 2 Corinthians 2:1-11, he decided to try and set things right using correspondence first so that a personal visit would be one of joy with a positive spirit among them.

Paul recommends that the Corinthian church forgive and comfort those who have offended. There will be disagreement at times and it is during these times that leaders of a church should not try to control their people but rather seek to help them grow. To take care of disagreement in neighborly love and forgive the person so in unity they could continue to spread the Gospel.

From this incident, Paul teaches the need to confront wrongdoings with love and concern. He emphasized that saving grace is not something earned but something accepted. Our growing faith can never be taken away or depleted. The gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it that sets us free and never let us down.

Those of faith accept what Christ did on the Cross. Photo taken 06/04/2018 at Garvan Woodland Gardens near Hot Springs Arkansas.

This day with You Lord, we are thankful for the lesson learned. In making decisions throughout life, we are grateful for the lessons learned from the Bible, the Holy Spirit speaking to us deep in our hearts, and the lessons learned from experiences. Help us today to follow Your way and obey. In Jesus name, amen.

 

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