Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 7:5-16 (day one)
“He told us about your longing for me. . . so that my joy was greater than ever.“–v 7
If you have ever experienced a broken or strained relationship, you know. Distance from a friend or family member is painful, joy-depleting. Reconciliation is SWEET!
Paul and the Corinthians had not had an easy relationship. Distrust. Accusations. Hurt feelings. But Paul was careful and prayerful. Communicated even when it was hard. Continued to invest and believe. In the end, he was richly rewarded.
Churches and pastors, members of churches, citizens of a nation, all of us must be frequently reminded. In many (most) cases, it is possible to be reconciled. Someone just has to care enough to work at it under the leadership of Christ.
“If you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering and go; first be reconciled to your brother.”–Matthew 5:23-24