Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace.
II Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)
Paul was ending his last letter to the Corinth Church today’s verse. This final admonition leaving them with four practices that would change their life and assure that the Church would be vibrant and healthy. These same instructions apply to us. First Paul told them to be joyful. Joy is a choice. It comes from knowing and believing that we are deeply loved by God and that we can trust Him in all things. Next Paul wrote that we are to grow into maturity. Our relationship with God must not be static. It was meant to mature and produce spiritual fruit in our life. Out of this maturity comes a wonderful fellowship with others believers. Paul wrote that we are to be an encouragement to others, living with them in harmony and peace. This is God’s desire. This is the witness that the world has been waiting to see. Today, heed the words of Paul. Live in joy and maturity. Encourage others and live in harmony and peace.
Dear Father, help me to live this life full of joy. Help me mature and encourage others, living with them in harmony and peace. In Jesus’ name.
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