- 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 13
2 Corinthian is Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthian congregation. He wrote during his third missionary journey to respond to some issues in the church— his opponents who questioned his apostleship and stirred the congregation to act against him. General mood of this letter is mixed with harsh warnings, compassion, and sincere appealing. Defense of his apostleship is most contents of this letter.
In final chapter, Apostle Paul wrote his intention to visit them third time. He changed this plan and sent Titus instead. But he told them to visit them again to confront them in person. And he wrote warning toward them.
Apostle Paul vigorously asserted his apostolic authority in dealing with wrongdoing at Corinthian church, but it would be Christ’s authority. He hoped that the church would discipline itself rather than by him. He revealed why he wrote harsh warning to them. “the Lord gave me this authority for building up the church.”
We have read the first and second Corinthian by today. The message is this; church is the body of Christ, called to stay holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit, and growing into spiritual holiness for each member in words and in deeds. It is the way for the church to be built up.
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.