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The Corinthians : My Take

Posted in Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Love, Religion, St. Paul with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by 254chronicles

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A couple of notes on both St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthian churches.

The books made me appreciate St. Paul all the more, and missionaries as a whole. It is a decision, and a big one at that, to give one’s whole life and being to the gospel. Everything about him was his mission. He had the members of the church on his mind and in his prayers always. He desired, with every fibre of his being, for them to grow in the faith. He gave his time and energy to ensure their growth. He toiled day and night, faced hunger, imprisonment, rejection by society and even death threats for the sake of the cause. He was constantly concerned about them. It is because of people like him, because of their sacrifice, dedication and deep devotion to missions that we even have the gospel today. Salute!
The books also made the Bible feel a bit more like something I could relate to. St. Paul speaks of the evils that bedevilled the young church (no pun intended), such as their division over their leaders and sexual immorality. These are very human traits that we can all relate to. He listened to and observed their shortcomings and guided them into a solution. He urged them to walk in the Spirit and to love one another as they grew in the faith.
And now, a sample of St. Paul’s greatest teachings found in these two books:

1 Generosity
(Ref. 2 Cor 8:15, 9:7,9)
St. Paul placed a lot of emphasis on giving, especially to the poor, for the sake of
equity in society. “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the
one who gathered little did not have too little.” Just as important as giving, he
pointed out, is the condition of the heart while doing so. One ought to give
according to their own judgement, for the Lord loves a cheerful giver.

2 Love
(Ref. 1 Cor 13)
This well known chapter gives a description about what love is. It’s a pretty good
yardstick to test oneself with…
” Love is patient, love is kind….”
” Am I patient? Am I kind? ”
It also describes God’s personality, as He is love. (1 Jn 4:16)

3 God’s Grace
(Ref. 2 Cor 12:9)
A comforting scripture this one. St. Paul was speaking about boasting. To quote
his words, ” Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I
would be speaking the truth. But refrain, so no one will think more of me than is
warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great
revelations.” 2 Cor 12: 6-7 (NIV)
He goes on to say, ” Therefore, in order to keep me from being conceited, I was
given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 3 times I
pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ” My grace is
sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will
boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest
in me.” 2 Cor 12:7-9 (NIV)
God’s assurance to all His children of His knowledge of our weaknesses, and His
power, ability and willingness to be our strength in those moments. Bless His Holy
name.

Bottom-line:

” … if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it
as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand
the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. ”

Proverbs 2: 3-5 (NIV)

God bless!
Over & out.

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