Bible Society of South Africa
3 April 2024Xanthe Hancox

Focus your faith on Him – Day 12

A word of peace

Bible text(s)

11And now, my brothers and sisters, goodbye! Strive for perfection; listen to my appeals; agree with one another; live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 13:11GNBOpen in Bible reader

Paul’s final word to the Corinthians is a word of peace. He sees beyond all the fragmentation in Corinth to the basic unity of the church. God created that unity and it is there even though there is divisiveness, quarrelling, jealousy and division in the assembly. Christians belong to each other. They are part of the family of God and they should act that way, he says.


Paul urges one last thing upon these Christians: change your ways. If Jesus Christ is in you, you can do it. That is his point. You cannot go on living like everybody else, if Jesus Christ lives in you. This is the fundamental reason why there must be a difference in Christians. We are to be friendly, loving, open and forgiving – not condemnatory, closed off and bitter; and that applies to our private lives at home, as well as our public lives at work or church, or whatever we do in our communities. We are different because Christ is among us.

History does not tell us what happened to the church in Corinth, whether it was able to recover and obey this word or not. However, Paul has left with us a tremendous testimony as to what constitutes Christianity at work in a secular world. We are called to live in Corinthian conditions today and to recognise that when Jesus Christ is among us, we cannot be the same kind of people.

This year, as we’re faced with stressful divisiveness, quarrelling and jealousy, let’s make it our number one resolution to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we strive to be friendly, loving, open and forgiving to everyone.

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