We read in our text today Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and the saints in Achaia, telling them of the Comfort and compassion he and Timothy received of the Lord in their times of trouble for them to be able to replicate the same comfort and compassion to people. He wrote of how they went through trials that could have led to their death but God delivered them. They learnt how not to trust in their abilities but in God who is able to deliver again and again.
Paul further wrote of how through the grace of God, they have conducted themselves among the people with integrity and sincerity rather than relying on worldly wisdom. He however regretted the aborted plan to visit them as earlier scheduled and apologized that this should not be perceived as lack of integrity on his part. He encouraged them further not to use this as a basis to doubt the promises of God in Christ Jesus; which is constantly yes and amen without default. God is faithful, by Him we all stand firm, He anointed us and sealed us with is spirit as a guarantee.
As Christians, we ought to be people of integrity; our word should be our bond at all times as people are likely to judge us and the promises of God based on our conduct. Do not make promises to people when you know it’s not in your power to achieve. It’s only God that promises and never fails. Let your yes be yes and your No be No at all times. We have equally received mercy, compassion and comfort from the Lord so that we can give the same to others. Whatever we go through in our Christian walk is a learning curve for us so we can help build the faith of others in the future who go through the same.
I am full of mercy and compassion. I have received comfort from the Lord and I will freely comfort others with the same comfort I have received in Jesus name.
Reading – 2 Corinthians 1
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Paul’s Change of Plans
12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity[b] and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly mannerso that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?
18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[c] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
- 2 Corinthians 1:8 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 8:1; 13:11.
- 2 Corinthians 1:12 Many manuscripts holiness
- 2 Corinthians 1:19 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas