Paul has seen the pain caused by his own words and actions, and the damage done to the community by the pain, guilt, and grudges of unforgiven sin. He encourages them, and us, to live in the grace and forgiveness that is ours in Christ, so that our lives and our communities may know renewed life!
Worship this weekend:
5:00 p.m. Saturday in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship (Note new time for summer!)
Devotions for this week:
Forgiveness, 2 Corinthians 2:1-10 May 29, 2016
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, 2 Corinthians 2:1-10, Forgiveness
Monday, 2 Corinthians 2:11-17, Paul’s Anxiety in Troas
Tuesday, 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, Ministers of the New Covenant
Wednesday, Galatians 6:1-10, Bear One Another’s Burdens
Thursday, Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2, Rules for the New Life
Friday, Philippians 2:19-30, Timothy and Epaphroditus
Saturday, Matthew 18:21-22, Forgiveness
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:10
Paul urges the Corinthians to forgive one who has wronged them, that they might also know freedom and live as Christ’s true followers.
- What can you learn about forgiveness from these texts?
- What kinds of things are hard for you to forgive? How can God help?
- Tell of a story of a time you did something for which you needed forgiveness. How did it turn out?
Do: Consider someone with whom you currently have a broken relationship. Make a point to pray for the well-being of that person a few times each day this week. At the end of the week take note of how your relationship or your attitude toward that relationship has changed over the course of the week.
Bless: May God mend your broken relationships. Amen.