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.

 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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