“Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!” 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 NLT
Paul was a caring and loving spiritual father to the Corinthian church. He had addressed them honestly about their allowing someone to undermine his authority and reputation. His address to them was strait-forward. He rebuked them and set the record straight concerning the matter. He did so, not to harm them, but to keep them from being misled. His interest in them was genuine. He truly loved these people.
Apparently, their response to him wasn't as loving as was appropriate. Paul had done nothing except what was right and he must have felt a cold shoulder from some in the church. Paul was willing to give his life for Christ and for His church. Paul's character and conduct was trustworthy.
In ministry there are times when issues arise and action is taken by the leader that is necessary and difficult. In those moments, things can get easily misunderstood. Often, it is a lonely place to be. However, the well being of God's family (the church) is the most important consideration. Our trust in the leader and our love for one another should reach beyond the uncertainties and cause us to move forward under God's pleasing. No matter what is going on at any time in the life of the church, we can identify our true devotion to Jesus by our love for one another. Jesus said it like this: “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”” John 13:34-35 NLT
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me love others like Jesus!
Rev. Curtis Norris