Let's read the Bible
November 26, 2021
Paul was an encourager. He wrote letters to churches to help them grow spiritually. This week we will read I and II Corinthians. Corinth was a center of trade and a crossroads of cultures, and as a result the church had challenges in uniting for the common cause, to serve Christ and to love each other.
Toward the end of 1 Corinthians Paul instructs them to “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” They were surrounded by evil influences from idolatry, false teachers and immoral Christians. Watch and stand fast. Be strong and brave. Great advice for this situation!
Toward the end of 2 Corinthians in the New King James Version, Paul writes to examine yourselves, test yourselves. And then, “become complete, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
In the New American Standard Version, it is translated, “Rejoice, mend your ways, be comforted, be like-minded. Live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
Paul said be brave, be strong. Both Moses and Joshua said be strong and courageous. Great men of both the Old and New Testaments with the same encouragement, be strong and courageous. Do not be discouraged, God will be with you.