Testing your Faith and Standing - Restored relationally
The final examination. 2 Corinthians 13:5-6
Philippians 2:12 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”
- Examine or test yourselves in regard to the validity of your faith. (5)
- Do you love and obey Jesus?
- Evidence of the convicting work of the Spirit?
- Evidence of the fruit of the Spirit?
- Is there transformation taking place?
- Ask a trusted friend to answer these questions about you.
- Why is this helpful?
- Examinations continue to drive the knowledge and commitment deeper in you.
- It can shock you out of coasting and to get on a healthier path.
- Paul presumed they would pass the test but encouraged the examination anyway. (6)
Pursuing a “new normal” post examination. 2 Corinthians 13:7-10
- Making the right decisions and living according to what is right. (7)
- Standing with truth and not against. (8)
- It begins with knowing the truth of God’s righteous and holy template revealed in Christ.
- Christ gives you a lens by which you can test the truth of who you are, hence the examination.
- Begin seeking full relational restoration once you have examined yourself. (9)
- Peacemaking based on truth and right spirit can now happen so that there may be a joyful reunion upon Paul’s return. (10)
- New beginnings can best happen when we allow ourselves to be examined.
- Knowing the truth of where your spiritual condition as a follower of Jesus opens the door for humble interaction with others.
- Restoration with God and others can now truly begin.
2 Corinthians is a letter between Paul and a church that had a fractured relationship. He addresses many relational and deep personal issues that get below the surface and deal with heart of the matter. This book is such a good model on navigating challenging personal and relational issues!