Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 7-8.

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us sit on our backsides, doing nothing, just waiting for God to cleanse us of every defilement, taking us home to be with Him in heaven no matter how we live.”

Is that what your Bible said? Mine either.

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” Paul’s point isn’t that we save ourselves. His point is since we are walking in God’s grace, let’s act like we are walking in God’s grace. Because God’s grace is active, our work to be cleansed from defilement actually matters and will actually accomplish something. We’re standing on God’s promises. Let’s act like it.

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 9-10.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, did you catch Paul talking about godly grief? Always remember that teaching. Many of us have a worldly grief: grief that we got caught, grief that it didn’t work out the way we had hoped, grief that we are being punished. Only a few develop godly grief. That is a grief that honors God because it is grief over how our actions have pained God and harmed our relationship with Him. That is what sin does; it pains God and destroys our relationship with Him. That is something for which we should be truly sorry. Keep that in mind as you grow up and feel sorrow.

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