Correction

There is a great difference between telling someone what they are doing wrong or offering correction. The biggest difference is love. In 1 Corinthians, 4:14-15, we read: “I’m not writing this to embarrass you or to shame you, but to correct you as the children I love.For although you could have countless babysitters in Christ … Continue reading Correction

Answer Gently

In today’s verse, Paul mentions how they always answer gently or kindly. The Passion Translation says, “When we are slandered incessantly, we always answer gently, ready to reconcile. Even now, in the world’s opinion, we are nothing but filth and the lowest scum” (1 Corinthians 4:13). In this passage, Paul is speaking about how they … Continue reading Answer Gently

Endure with Patience

Today’s verse says, “We work hard, toiling with our own hands. When people abuse and insult us, we respond with a blessing, and when severely persecuted, we endure it with patience” (1 Corinthians 4:12 TPT). Endure with patience is another way of saying bear with or persist. Previously, we looked at what it meant to … Continue reading Endure with Patience

Full Understanding

Yesterday we looked at how our faith is established by the power of the Holy Spirit — by listening to Him as He reveals deep and hidden truths, convicts our hearts, and opens our eyes to see anew. We noted that people without the Spirit may read some truths in the Bible; however, without the … Continue reading Full Understanding

Celebrate and Weep

The Bible tells us to celebrate and weep with other people. During good times, rejoice. During change and loss, grieve. It’s simple but yet not simple at all. Romans 12:15 says, “Celebrate with those who celebrate, and weep with those who grieve” (TPT). This requires some kind of connection and attention. That’s where there is … Continue reading Celebrate and Weep

Blessing Not Cursing

We know our words are powerful. God speaks into being and He created us in His image. We have the power to build up and tear down with our words. Romans 12:14 tells us to, “Speak blessing, not cursing, over those who reject and persecute” (TPT). This is certainly easier said than done. Why would … Continue reading Blessing Not Cursing

Constant Interest

The NIV translates the first part of today’s verse to say, “Share with the Lord's people who are in need.” The New Living Translations says, “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.” The ESV says, “Contribute to the needs of the saints.” Share. Be ready to help. Contribute. This is what … Continue reading Constant Interest