II Corinthians 13:8-14
Key Verse: Verse 11 – "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you."
Key Words: Be perfect
Be perfect, grow up, stop being baby believers! That’s something which could be said for many believers today.
J. Vernon McGhee writes: "Be of good comfort." He goes back to the word he used when he began this letter -- the comfort of God. Remember that it means help. It means God is the One who is called to our side to help us, to strengthen us, to encourage us. God wants to do that for you today. No matter who you are, where you are, or how you are, God wants to help you. He can help you through His Word by means of the ministering of the Holy Spirit.
What great verses these are. God is with us to comfort us. We are to grow and mature. We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. Certainly we ought to go forward for God with such encouragement.
"Be of one mind" means to have the mind of Christ.
"Live in peace." We cannot make peace, but we can live in peace.
"And the God of love and peace shall be with you." This is the peace of God which passeth all understanding. It is the peace that God made through the blood of the Cross. We are to live in that peace today. We are to rejoice in our salvation.
The God of love and peace shall be "with you." Don't miss that. You are not alone -- God is with you today. How wonderful that is.
So growing up means we can have the comfort of the Lord during uncomfortable times. It means we can live together in one mind and that we can live in peace, no matter what the circumstances may be. So I say to us all, “Grow up!”
What to do:
✞ Grow up.
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