- 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 7
Joy of restoration of relationship.
Apostle Paul expressed joy for the restoration of good relationship with Corinthian church.
They have read his previous letter and accepted Paul’s exaltation with sincere heart, and they repented. Apostle Paul was greatly encouraged showing confidence in them.
Titus came to Macedonia to report to Apostle Paul that Corinthian congregation were longing for him, sorrow for all the problems that caused him to trouble, and that they concerned about him. Apostle Paul was pleased to hear it from Titus. He regretted writing his previous letter that hurt them and brought them to sorrow. But he saw their sorrow in perspective, which lead them to repentance.
“Godly sorrow,” and “worldly sorrow” brings different impact. The former brings repentance that leads to salvation while the latter brings death. The repentance and restoration that happened in Corinthian church was the proof of godly sorrow, producing earnestness, eagerness, indignation, alarm, longing, concern, readiness to see justice done.
Titus, the messenger to Apostle Paul, was also happy, refreshed in spirit, and it made Apostle Paul to be proud of Corinthian congregation.
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.