Thursday, January 21, 2010

New thru 30 / 1 Corinthians 12:1 - 2 Corinthians 13:14

Our church is reading the New Testament together over the course of the next 30 days. This is a huge goal, but I think it will bring great results for those who read it together. I'm posting some personal observations from the daily reading...

- Who is the most important person in your church? Well according to 1 Corinthians 12 the church is a body. Each part is crucial to the health and success of the body. Just like the hand needs the foot, we need each other in the church!!!

- Love is the greatest! We don't often think about love being a spiritual gift... but according to Paul, it's the greatest gift! I need to remind myself that I should desire the gift of love. If I want another gift, is it so I can make myself look good? But if I desire love, then I'm thinking of others rather than myself.

- I love 1 Cor. 15:58, "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."

- Are you going through a tough time? Who knows... maybe you are going through that difficult time so that down the road you can be a comfort to others with the comfort you have received from God. (2 Cor. 1:3 - 5)

- 2 Corinthians 4 is a great chapter!! I love the eternal perspective that Paul has about life. Even though we might be wasting away on the outside, we are being renewed on the inside. Plus... we have a future in heaven to look forward to!!

- Sometimes we have to correct people we care about who have walked down a wrong path. Paul regretted that his previous letter hurt the Corinthians feelings... but at the same time he was glad because it caused them to repent.

Who do I need to have a difficult conversation with?

- Paul has an "impressive" list of sufferings in his resume. I want to quit when I get tired, let alone go through a beating!!! I have never suffered like Paul has. It makes me wonder if I could keep the faith?

- Have you ever had a prayer answered "no" by God? You are in good company. Same thing happened to Paul. Paul had a struggle (we aren't certain what it was) that he asked God to take away from him. God said no.

Maybe there is something in your life that causes you weakness. The great thing is that God can work through that weakness... when we are weak, HE is strong!

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