- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Corinthians 2
The aroma of Christ.
Apostle Paul explained why he changed his plan to visit Corinth again after his previous painful visit and confrontation occurred. (v.5). Chapter 10-13 of 2 Corinthians are understood what their confrontation were. He changed his plan out of his depth of love.
Apostle Paul asked them to forgive him who caused trouble. Some man in the Corinthian church was at least the “front person,” in the confrontation that occurred during his previous painful visit. Apostle Paul and people in his side were hurt, angry, and embarrassed that the confrontation had happened. Apostle Paul forgave him and he wanted them to be forgiving as well.
Apostle Paul went to Troas and moved up to Macedonia with anxiety because he was anxiously waiting for Titus to hear from him how the Corinthian congregation responded to Apostle Paul’s letter, and how the difficult situation was handled among the congregation. Titus, like Timothy, was one of Paul’s helpers. We can guess that Apostle Paul changed his plan because the problems in the Corinthian church was not resolved yet, and his visit would cause more grieving (v.3).
The triumphal procession in v.14 is a reference from Roman army procession after victory in the battle. The aroma is the odor of incense in connection either with such procession or with Old Testament animal sacrifice. Apostle Paul’s point is that all believers are the aroma of Christ, known to all both believers and non-believers, bringing salvation or judgement of death.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.