SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Paul closes his letter to the Corinthians with strong words. He tells them that he will be visiting again for a third time. And he hopes that they have dealt with the sins they had been struggling with the previous two times he visited.
- He also makes it clear that they have been so busy judging him that they haven't examined themselves. He wants them to take time to consider whether they really live the truth of the gospel.
- And finally, he wants them to aim for perfection, think about what he just said, and try to get along and live in peace. He shares that they can do this through God's power when they are weak.
- The people of Corinth had judged Paul's faith whey they should have been judging their own. Jesus taught us not to be concerned with the "speck" in someone else's eye, but instead to focus on our own sin (see Matthew 7:3-4). This examination "to see whether you are in the faith" is for us as well.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Take some time for self-examination. Are you too busy criticizing how other Christians live to deal with the issues in your own life? Some questions you could ask yourself include: Do I really love God and people? What's the real motivation for the good things I do? Does God’s Holy Spirit affirm my faith (for more, see Romans 8:9,16)? Do my actions honor Jesus?