Monday, January 7, 2013

Birl (2 Corinthians 1:12-14)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “birl.” One of the things I love most about Paul's writings is how simple he keeps stuff. In this particular passage, Paul is reminding the Corinthians that the message that he brings, and that they should act out to the world, is a life of simplicity. This is seen in Christians as a kind of single-mindedness that does not worry about what other people think, but only that of God's heart.

Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace.
~2 Cor 1:12

My question is: what is it that you convey to the world by your thoughts and actions? Paul talked about a sincerity that Christians must have, knowing that the holiness of God would show in our lives. We understand that being a part of this world causes us to be caught up in stuff that is not very important. However, because of God's grace we are called to a life lived for him. My prayer is that you live in God's grace today and realize that it is a single-mindedness of heart that God desires. Whenever your mind starts to birl, or spin out of control, because of the difficulties and trials you face… remember that the more simple we keep the gospel the more effective we are as Christians.

Praying for you,


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