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Bible study – 2 Corinthians 2

Bible study – 2 Corinthians 2

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today we will continue the Bible study on the book of 2 Corinthians. In this blog post we will go throught chapter 2. In this chapter we see the following stories:

  • Introduction
  • Forgiveness for the offender
  • Ministers of the new covenant

Introduction

Paul starts this chapter by telling the church of Corinthians, that there is an important reason for his letter. Although it might seem very strict and harsh, it is not meant to to them harm, but because he loves his brothers and sisters that they take it to heart and are not lost. We need to know that not everything that we will be learned will always be nice to hear, but with God it will always be out of love for us and to save us!

Forgiveness for the offender

This might be sometimes very difficult to do. If someone really hurt or mistreated you, then forgiving that person might be last thing on your mind. However, exactly that is what God asks of you. If you forgive someone else, then God will also forgive you. If you are unwilling to forgive someone, that the one that you will hurt the most is yourself! Also ask the Holy Spirit to also even comfort that person. Know that if you are unwilling to forgive, than you actually let the devil unfolds his scheme to destroy your life.

Ministers of the new Covenant

I believe this part of Chapter 2 is actually something that is very relevant today as we see so many times that some visiting pastors seem more interested in getting your money and not so much bringing the word.

Paul takes His time to thank God, by saying that He leads us captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and that He uses us to spread the aroma of knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other an aroma that brings life.

The aformentioned means that God asks of us that we spread His word, but that not everyone will accept it. Don’t get frustrated about this, because God only wants us to spread His word. Touching someones heart is for God to do.

He ends this chapter by saying that we should not peddle the word of God for profit. To me this means that you should never work for God, for the sole purpose of getting money. Make sure that you are serving God for the right reason. Also (on a personal note) never let any visiting pastor force you into giving Him money, because he/she is using tactics of forcing you. If you give, it should be with a giving heart!

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Daily Devotional for 24 July 2019 – Isaiah 25:7-8

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Isaiah 26:7-8 (NIV):

7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.

Amen! God is always very clear about the fact that sin, and therefor the devil, will be defeated. We should for this reason alone thank God every day!

Daily Devotional for 23 July 2019 – Daniel 6:26-27

Dear brothers ans sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Daniel 6:26-27 (NIV):

26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

See how even the heart of unbelievers can me changed. After all that he saw with Daniel, he could not deny the powerful God that Daniel serves and that nobody could ever do anything against God!

Daily Devotional for 6 June 2019 – John 14:6

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from John 14:6 (NIV):

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

In this verse Jesus confirms to us His important position in Gods Kingdom. If you really want to come to God, then you need to accept the truth that Jesus is real, that He is the Son of God and that you need to accept Him in your life!

Daily Devotional for 20 July 2019 – Hebrews 13:5-6

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV):

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” 

God is, rightfully so, a very jealous God and He will not accept if we serve another master, especially money. I don’t believe that God doesn’t want us to propers financially, in contrary actually, God is very willing to also bless us financially. However, as soon as we start to love money, then money becomes the drive of all our decisions and no longer God. In these verses, He tells us that He wants us to be content with what with we have, because if we can appreciate with what we have know, then we are also able to appreciate all the blessings that God is going to give us. Given the fact that He tells us that He will never forsake us and that the Lord is our helper, that tells us that we will prosper through God!

Daily Devotional for 20 July 2019 – Philippians 4:6-7

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV):

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When you serve God, than you should also learn not to be anxious about anything. God asks you to go into prayer and petition on those moments and to come before Him thanking Him for already having heard you and blessing you.

Daily devotional for 19 July 2019 – Psalm 1:6

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Psalm 1:6 (NIV):

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

And today we read again how God treats the righteous and the wicked. If you decide to be wicked, than God makes it very clear that the road you are following is to destruction. Don’t let this happen to your life and pursue the way of the righteous.

Daily Devotional for 18 July 2019 – 3 John 1:11

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from 3 John 1:11 (NIV):

11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

In this verse John is very direct to all of us. Although he is very confronting, that is also exactly what I love about him. If you want to work for God, then you need to have the courage to be direct, even if people won’t like you for it. In this verse he very clearly tells us that you always have a choice to do either good or bad. And only if you choose good, then God will accept you

Daily Devotional for 17 July 2019 – 2 Peter 3:7

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to talk with you about 2 Peter 3:7 (NIV)

7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

Know that the day of judgment will come and that all ungodly wlll be destroyed. Nowadays we are sometimes led to believe that it won’t be that extreme. Wrong! It will. Make sure that your life is in accordance with God’s will to avoid to be destroyed as an ungodly

Daily Devotional for 16 July 2019 – John 8:34

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to talk with you about John 8:34 (NIV):

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

One of the things I love about Jesus was/is His directness. How many times we encounter people in our lifes that cannot say things directly, especially out of love for you? Yes, it is very confronting to hear that if we sin, then we are also slave to sin! Jesus did not say this to condemn us, but to warn us. Jesus loves us so much, that He doesn’t want us to be lost and for that reason He will warn us very directly and clearly. Thank you Jesus!