- 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 6
Paradox of hardship in ministry.
Apostle Paul urged Corinthian people not to receive God’s grace in vain. God’s grace came through hardship during his ministry. He described in poetic way how he and his companions in ministry got through hardship from which they found God’s grace, experiencing God at work.
He wrote his experience to defend his apostleship, “We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.” (v.12). He urged them to open wide their hearts and accept Apostle Paul as apostle of Jesus Christ.
Seeing from the light of defending himself and his apostleship, “unbelievers,” in v.14 can be understood those who closed their heart and opposed Apostle Paul among Corinthian congregation. He urged them not to associate with them. Belial (v.15) is another name for Satan. He appealed them to become holy because of their relationship with God.
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.