Scripture: 2 Corinthians 7.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (NLT)
16 … We are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
18 And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NLT)
1 Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
I fell in love with verse 1 of chapter 7, but for me to share that with you I had to pull in the promises that Paul was referring to in verse 1. Paul told the Corinthians that there really was no reason for them to be living the way they were, after all God had been so gracious to them and blessed them in so many ways. We are no different today friend. God sacrificed His one and only son, Jesus, so that we might have a way to enter heaven’s gates and enjoy eternity with Him. That’s the ultimate expression of love, but what has happened since that? Do we witness the love of Jesus in other ways? Of course we do, for God blesses us beyond measure each and every day. You might quickly retort that I must be thinking of someone else who receives daily blessings. No friend, God gave me a roof over my head and I enjoyed a good night’s sleep. He blessed me with a partner so that I wasn’t alone. He gave me strength to arise this morning, clothes to wear and His Word to be reminded of His love and provisions. I could go on and on, but many times the things I mentioned are taken for granted and it causes us to feel like we deserve those blessings for being a part of the community in which we live. No friend, it is God that provides our every blessing. Therefore, in verse one Paul reminds the Corinthians, as we are reminded today: Because we have been blessed in all the ways that we can sit and enumerate, let us clean up our act and get rid of everything that might hinder us, everything that may cause us to think and act negatively – things that defile, or negatively impact our Christian walk. Any and everything that blocks us from being holy, before a holy and righteous God, should be laid aside. Only I can say what those things are in my life, so I will seek God’s forgiveness, guidance and strength to help me in that respect. If you are facing a similar scenario in your life today friend, I encourage you to seek God’s face and His help to lay those things aside so that you might look full into the eyes of Jesus with a clear and unobstructed mind. Search me O God, may You find no wicked way in me.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, You are so good to me. You bless me in so many ways, yet I allow the things of this world to find its way into my life and disrupt the joy that You give to me. Please help me this day to stay focused on Your goodness. Please forgive me for letting my mind stray and sometimes lose my focus of Your love and goodness to me. In my efforts to be more like You every day, I must seek out ways to be clean and holy, for I represent a God who is ultimately ‘Holy’ and just. Please guide me into Your path of righteousness every day.
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