A Tough Message
Posted: Friday, September 13
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Verse of the day
This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.
(2 Corinthians 13: 10)
The Apostle Paul was writing the Corinthian Christians some very difficult things by letter so that they could absorb it, pray about it, and deal with it, before he arrived to see them personally. He didn’t want to use his authority to tear them down but sent the letter before his arrival so they could make necessary changes.
Many times, God deals with us and delivers a tough message to us through our leaders. It hurts to hear about our own sin. But God needs to hurt us at times to keep us from continuing to hurt ourselves even more. It wasn’t Paul’s desire to hurt the Corinthians but his God-given ministry is about edification and building people up.
It is much easier to build when everything that doesn’t belong is cleared away. Tearing down is essential for growth and spiritual maturity. What is in your life that needs to be dealt with? What needs to be tore down? Will you allow God to build you up through the ministry of your spiritual leaders?