Daily Bread 12-12-16
2 Corinthians 2:1-6
1 Buy I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2 For if I make you sorry, who is he that maketh me glad, but the one who was made sorry by me?
3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is in the joy of you all.
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.
ref. - 2 Cor 12:20 - For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
Gal 5:10 - I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
2 Cor 7:8,9 - For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
1 Cor 5:1 - It is reported commonly among you that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
Gal 4:12 - Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
1 Tim 5:20 - Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
The Apostle Paul had a big, important job to do. Not only did he have to bring the Gospel to the people, he also had to deliver rebuke and correction to them as well. As he did in his first letter to the Corinthians. He sent them a letter telling them where they were messing up, who to listen to, who not to listen to, he gave them a gospel that convicted them of their sins. He deeply cared for these people and his intentions were not to destroy them but to help them to grow and move past their weaknesses and sin. He was not soft with them and, according to this letter, it was hard for him to write and it hurt him to write things that he knew would cause them to be upset. But it was necessary nonetheless and he wrote the letters. He wrote them hoping that it would bring them to a Godly repentance. He also knew that once all of the people knew of their offense, when the offender had come to a Godly repentance, that people would go about pointing the finger and aiming their own grief at those who had admitted their sin and confessed. The scripture was not wrong and neither was the Apostle Paul. Many would mistreat the other and not even acknowledge their own faults or sin. They would have a "holier than thou" attitude and not even humble themselves to admit their own sin. Now, the only ones who were pointed out was the ones who humbled themselves and cried out for forgiveness. They were easy targets. But many that were supposed to be saved, treated them very poorly trying to deal out their punishment in their own way. They would even try to direct what they were doing towards Paul and blame him for their actions. Do not get this wrong, the ones who were found convicted and repented were guilty of sin, and they needed to get right with God. But many of the people could not forgive them and kept trying to punish them and held onto what had been forgiven. The Aposte Paul only addressed these people in this reference in Gal. 5:10, I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. He had confidence in those who had come to grief over what he had written them and had come to a Godly repentance. He believed that they were going to follow the right track. And the way that others treated them was enough punishment without Paul coming back and throwing it in their faces. He was confident that they were forgiven and those who continued to trouble them would receive their own judgment. But Paul was convinced to not come back to them and have to come down on them for the same thing. He would come with the good news of the Gospel that would help those who were right with God, no matter how recent or how long, to move forward and chase after the prize of their heavenly calling. Truth be told, even though Paul was hard on the people with the truth, he had a heart of gold for them and loved them. Today, let us not confuse love with those who try to hang on to what has been forgiven. Let us not become these people. It is easy to stand on a corner and shout out these words of forgiveness and love, that is, until the shoe is on our own foot. And then what do we do? You see, God created us all to be leaders in some way, shape, or form, but what we do in these times of trial is what should prove to us the level that we are at and where we need help. The only help we have to become this leader comes from above. Either we are leaders or not. The Apostle Paul said,Gal 4:12 - Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. So let us look into ourselves with a righteous judgment and determine what our needs are to become this or to achieve what this instruction brings us today through God's Holy word. Determine it and let's do something about it. Prayer is the key, but faith unlocks the door. We must all believe he knows our needs, believe he has the answers, and believe that he is going to help us to become the leaders that we were born to this earth to be!!! Have a great day!!!