Hi friends! Today we come to 2 Corinthians 7 - 8 and Psalm 2. Our reading today features a joyous Paul happy about the Corinthian church repenting for whatever caused the mysterious "severe letter" mentioned here and discussed a few days back when we began reading 2 Corinthians. I'm not 100% sold on the language that Paul uses and the analogies about favor in repenting as I've definitely heard similar stuff from abusive partners with people I know, but I give it a pass for way different context. Secondly, we'll watch a Bible Project video about Biblical generosity and why it's so crucial to our discipleship. Let's get reading! :)
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
Paul says that God wants people to experience sorrow so that they will change their ways. Do you believe that this is what God wants? Is punishment more effective than rewarding good behavior?
Paul writes that we should give in correlation to what we have but never give beyond a point that makes our life hard. How do you decide how much you give to church or other organizations?
- Commentary -
As mentioned at the top we'll watch a Bible Project video on generosity today. I hope you enjoy! If you have any questions about it lemme know and I'll be happy to chat.
Praying the Hymns
Our prayer for today is inspired by hymn 312 - Hail the Day Sees Him Rise. As Paul declared in the text yesterday, "that day is today." We give glory and thanks knowing that all present and future prayers are answered and secure with Christ. (shout out to our boi Charles Wesley for this legend.)
1 Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! To his throne above the skies, Alleluia! Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia! Reascends his native heaven, Alleluia!
2 There the glorious triumph waits, Alleluia! Lift your heads, eternal gates, Alleluia! Christ hath conquered death and sin, Alleluia! Take the King of glory in, Alleluia!
3 See! the heaven its Lord receives, Alleluia! Yet he loves the earth he leaves, Alleluia! Though returning to his throne, Alleluia! Still he calls the world his own, Alleluia!
4 See! he lifts his hands above, Alleluia! See! he shows the prints of love, Alleluia! Hark! his gracious lips bestow, Alleluia! Blessings on his church below, Alleluia!