Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 1:12-24, 2:1-11 (day six)
“…we work with you for your joy,” 2 Corinthians 1:24
It is comforting to think the heart of Paul’s intent was their joy. Those are the kinds of words a father says to a son (“I’m doing this for your good.”), and no less true. Paul could not coerce them into faithfulness; he didn’t desire to lord it over their faith. No, there was a whole lot of love involved in his tough love. It’s the kind of love that steps in when everyone else moves to the other side of the road. It’s the kind of love that speaks up when everyone else stays silent. Paul was doing a good work for the Corinthian church, a work for their joy. And although sorrow may have lasted for the night, I’m sure the Corinthians discovered that joy came in the morning.
Do you have a friend like that? Are you a friend like that? It’s the things discipleship is made of. It’s good work.