Have you sensed the tension in these opening chapters of 2 Corinthians? There is no mistaking the fact that there have been some difficult days in the relationship between Paul and this Corinthian church. Again, I don’t know if we are supposed to be encouraged or discouraged because of this tension within the life of the greatest leader in the church of all of history. I say discouraged because if Paul had this kind of tension as a leader, we are bound to have the same tension. I say encouraged because if Paul had this kind of tension, maybe we should not be so stressed about our tension at times. I had a deacon once, now deceased, who used to quip, “If the Lord is blessin’, then the Devil is messin’.”
Lot of truth there.
Paul hits the bullseye in the first verse of this chapter when he reminds all of us that because of the promises of God (promises that conclude chapter 6), we are going to have to get over ourselves from time to time, commit our love one for the other, and “perfect holiness in the fear of God.”
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.