Posts Tagged ‘2 Corinthians 1’

Will I be proud when I stand before Jesus?

Will I be proud when I stand before Jesus?

That is a stunning question. Think about it. Will I?

Do I live in His love or ashamed, in condemnation, because of my enemy?

May I live in His love. May I know how proud He is of me. May I know it in my soul.

“We want you to be as proud of us as we are of you when we stand together before our Master Jesus.” ~~Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 1:14 The Message)

Am I focused on the whole picture?

We hear a lot about seeing the “big picture”. The Apostle Paul clearly got that. He realized it is easy to see the details. It is hard to see what he calls the “whole picture”. There is a difference, however, between the big picture and the whole picture. I think it is actually a huge difference.

God’s word, and the insight of the Holy Spirit, gives us the whole picture. The truth, clear truth, helps us see the whole picture.

May I see the whole picture. May I see it today and every day.

“We’re writing plain, unembellished truth, hoping that you’ll now see the whole picture as well as you’ve seen some of the details.” ~~Apostle Paul  (2 Corinthians 1:13 The Message)

Should I try to read between the lines?

Paul is clear about Jesus. His writing is clear about God. God’s word is clear.

There is no “I wonder what he meant” kind of stuff with God. He is in charge in His world (Kingdom). He always has been. He always will be.

What God wants to happen will. There is no doubt about that. It is clear that His desires will be achieved.

It is clear that nothing is impossible with God. He can do anything. He is God.

He is our loving Father. He has wonderful things in store for us. He is in a great mood.

“Don’t try to read between the lines or look for hidden meanings in this letter.” ~~Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 1:13 The Message)

Can I hold my head high?

Faith Happens

Faith Happens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a certain kind of honor that is worth having. False pride, in doing it “my way” is useless. Getting though difficult times because of our faith allows us to look in the mirror, face others, and be confident that “God’s way” has been done.

That is the way to do it. That is the real deal. Doing it “His way” allows us to hold our heads high. Lesson learned.

Paul indicates things had gotten bad. Life isn’t always “what we want it to be”. There are trials. When the worst is over, I want to be able “to be pleased to report”.

Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world—and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. 2 Corinthians 1:12

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