Exhortations

2 Corinthians 13:5

It is time to shake up as we always do when New Year comes.  Do we wait for New Year to come before we make a covenant to ourselves or we have to change our attitude towards hurting our loved ones during February?  We are humans to miss the mark and we always need to be reminded to make things right. To change the direction of our bad habits is not an easy task but we have to do it and we can do it. We should avoid living in the past, refocus when we lost contact with our spiritual journey, and always communicate with Him our Father through the Holy Spirit and the Son will be glad witnessing us doing things that the father will be pleased.

2 Corinthians 13:5, NLT: “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.”

John 14:15-31 NIV – Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit – “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and. … 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you…

We have to bear in mind that Paul’s letters were written for specific audiences about their particular issues. Corinthians had problems with their faith and their fellowship with darkness; while Galatians had the problem of being converted to other faith.  Paul explained the church as the Body of Christ in Ephesians and the end time in Thessalonians and so on.

Most Bible scholars agree that Paul’s letters were older than John’s and were directly addressed to the respective group of people. His writings are an encouragement to be in the faith with Jesus Christ and John was writing to all believers on all walks of life not only to a certain group of people unlike Paul’s letters but universal.

Have you examined yourself if you are in faith, being in faith, still in faith or only your lips profess that you know yourself that you’re in faith? In considering the process in examining ourselves is through the word of God. The following Scriptures may give you the guide and inspiration: Trust yourself and do not compare it to someone else—Galatians 6:3-4, Respect yourself in honoring god—1 Corinthians 6:19-20, obedience to Jesus teachings we lead us closer to God—John 14:23.

One of Paul’s advice to the Corinthians that applies to us today- 1Cor 11:28-30: 28 ‘“Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 ‘For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.’ 30 ‘That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.”’

To God be the glory.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D., Bishop Emeritus

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