Saturday 21 September 2013

2 Corinthians 13:11 « Now, brothers, good-bye; mend your ways, listen to what i have told you, live in harmony, keep the peace; then the God of love and peace will be with you. »(Moffatt’s Translation, 1913)

Paul comes to the end of his letter to the Christians in Corinth.  It is his second letter.  He wrote more to this church than to any other church mentioned in the New Testament.

His first exhortation as he closes his letter is, mend your ways, which can also be translated as restore your lifestyle to reflect the values of heaven.  A restored lifestyle can be seen specifically in the way we relate to others: live in harmony; keep the peace.

When you are a tortured person internally, you will torture those around you.  It is a simple truth that the thing which most fills your heart spills out on those around you.  If we were to interview all the people you know would there be harmony and peace in their hearts towards you? Is their love and respect for you of their own volition, or is it forced?

Paul says that if we walk in peace with others, than the God of love and peace will walk with us.  Then shouldn’t the opposite be true as well?  If we refuse to walk in peace with others, won’t the God of love and peace refrain from walking with us?

Being restored in the soul is the first step toward being truly restored to those who surround you.  Now, all relationships represent a two-way street.  And it is next to impossible to do a waltz by yourself.  Nevertheless, there will certainly be no hope of relational harmony if you haven’t been restored in your own soul.

As we come to the end of our second week of the fast we want to take one final look at our relationships and ask the Holy Spirit to shine His light on any that are not in order and do not glorify the Lord.  If you have strained or broken relationships, or find negative and destructive patterns being repeated regularly maybe it is because of something in YOUR soul.  Now is the time, before you turn the page of this prayer guide, and ask the Lord to bring His light of truth to the darkness in your soul.

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