Dec 6 2Co 5:11-9:15; Pro 23:29-24:2

How about the length of that sentence in chapter six? Mine goes from verse one all the way through verse ten! It is chock full of information for you to ponder.

“Do not touch what is unclean” (6:17b) is a quote from Isaiah 52:11b. I was thinking on that of how when told not to touch we often pretend we’re going to touch with our index finger. In this case this misses the point entirely. The “do not touch” here means to keeps ones entire being away from that which defiles. Avoid the subject completely, physically and mentally. Keep ones thoughts and actions focused on Christ and Him alone!

Have you ever really contemplated the argument of Paul in 7:8-13? We can be used to make folks sorrowful, a sorrow leading to repentance. Which in turn leads to the greatest joy! But we are often afraid to give the slightest offence for the Gospel. We allow folks to go on in their ignorant bliss–a bliss leading to eternal damnation. I am not suggesting that we try to offend folks–the Gospel is offensive enough to them that we do not need to add to this offence. I am suggesting that we need to be ready to share it with others, even when we know it will “hurt.”

Do you know the meaning of “grace”? (8:9). It is unmerited favor. That is to say it is that which we could never earn. Thus it entails many other things. Some have used an acronym to describe it: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

I wonder why the “brother” at 8:18 is unnamed? Some in the early church say that is was Luke, but we do not know for certain.

Why do we so quickly forget Paul’s admonition at 9:6? As a group Christians are pretty begrudging in their giving. If we believe God we would give until it hurts and reap blessing beyond imagination. “He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.” But don’t let me compel you to give “because God loves a cheerful giver” (9:7).

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (9:15).

Proverbs:  Who has real problems in life?  Those who spend all their time getting drunk.  This leads only to more foolishness and wasting of life.  Avoid evil folk and their ways.

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