Restoring a brother!

Scripture reading for August 27th: 2nd Corinthians 1:12-2:8

Paul’s failure to visit the Corinthians as planned had left some of them charging Paul with being unreliable.  Paul wrote this second letter to them to defend his reliability and to deal with issues that needed resolution.  Paul explained that he had dealt with them in holiness and sincerity, according to God’s grace.  He had planned to visit them on his way to Macedonia and then come back though on his way back to Judea.  He decided not to personally visit at that time to spare them a personal rebuke.   He was not being deceptive, but faithful to God.  (2nd Corinthians 1:15-17)

“For as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.”  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in Him has always been “Yes.”  For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.  And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2nd Corinthians 1:18-20)  Paul may have appeared to be undependable, but God was and is faithful.  God’s word can be trusted.  Every one of His promises are true and believers can say “Amen” to them for their lives.

Paul next wrote to encourage these Corinthians to restore the brother that they had disciplined for having his father’s wife.  (1st Corinthians 5:1-5)  “The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.  No instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.  I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. . . .in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.” (2nd Corinthians 2:6-11)  This man’s punishment of being handed over to Satan had evidently brought deep sorrow and repentance.  He was a broken man who now needed restoration from the same church family who had in love put him out.  Paul encouraged them to obey his direction.  Forgiveness was needed to restore him and this congregation to the flow of God’s grace.

Are you standing firm in God’s grace today?  Is there a promise of God that you need to say “Amen” to?  Is there a brother or sister that needs restoration and forgiveness?  Be obedient!

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