Reading #62

Though I read so many other books, nothing surpasses the Bible. Nothing.

I am still so awestruck by the Holy Spirit. This is permanent. This joy I have in the Lord. It has already been a year. Yet, I find my joy increasing. Regardless of troubles and afflictions, my joy in God always returns. Though I fall, I never lose the wings He has given me to soar above this world to the heavenly realms, to His Throne and to His Presence, by grace alone. I know He is still my Abba, forever.

The Holy Spirit opens my spirit to accept God’s Word and gives me extreme enjoyment in tasting its delights. And even books that expound on God’s Word, He uses. Still, the most blessing I have is directly from Bible reading and much meditation and prayer.

Today, as I read the passage below, the Holy Spirit seems to want me to keep rereading these passages until they are fully digested and become a part of me and a part of who I am and how I live. For I feel too joyful, too comforted, whenever I come upon them. God is so good. He inspires me, not out of intellect, but out of spiritual enjoyment, to memorize these precious truths so I can ask Him to enable me live them out. So that I can think upon Him more ably. With clarity. Ah, clarity has been such a blessed word for me yesterday.

 

2 Corinthians 5:11 – 6:18

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience12  We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c]the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvationWe put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way:by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;  by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine loveby truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are trueas unknown, and yet well knownas dying, and behold, we liveas punished, and yet not killed10  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you,[a] Corinthians; our heart is wide open12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections13  In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

14  Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15  What accord has Christ with Belial?[b] Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
 then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

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