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Godly relationships
Bible Passage 2 Corinthians 6: 1- 7:1
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book 2 Corinthians.

Godly relationships

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached August 26, 2023

1 Since, then, we are working with God, we plead with you not to accept God’s grace in vain.

1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let’s cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit by becoming mature in our holy fear of God.

2 For he says, “At the right time I heard you, and on a day of salvation I helped you.” Listen, now is really the “right time”! Now is the “day of salvation”!

3 We do not put an obstacle in anyone’s way. Otherwise, fault may be found with our ministry.

4 Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God’s servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities;

5 in beatings, imprisonments, and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger;

6 with purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness; with the Holy Spirit, genuine love,

7 truthful speech, and divine power; through the weapons of righteousness in the right and left hands;

8 through honor and dishonor; through ill repute and good repute; perceived as deceivers and yet true,

9 as unknown and yet well-known, as dying and yet—as you see—very much alive, as punished and yet not killed,

10 as sorrowful and yet always rejoicing, as poor and yet enriching many, as having nothing and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken frankly to you, Corinthians. Our hearts are wide open.

12 We have not cut you off, but you have cut off your own feelings toward us.

13 Do us a favor—I ask you as my children—and open wide your hearts.

14 Stop becoming unevenly yoked with unbelievers. What partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? What fellowship can light have with darkness?

15 What harmony exists between the Messiah and Beliar, or what do a believer and an unbeliever have in common?

16 What agreement can a temple of God make with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said: “I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

17 Therefore, “Get away from them and separate yourselves from them,” declares the Lord, “and don’t touch anything unclean. Then I will welcome you.

18 I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters,” declares the Lord Almighty.

Some at Corinth had heard the message of Christ but not responded to it appropriately. They were still spiritually dead. Paul therefore offers salvation to them once again, and they must decide whether to accept it or reject it (2 Cor. 6:1-2). There is no time to delay or postpone acting on the message that has been heard.

They are not to make excuses by trying to find fault with Paul, for he has never given anyone grounds for rejecting the gospel (verse 3). There’s no need to look at the carrier often. The message and its authenticity are very important to us. Since the message of the cross is authentic and unquestionable, we must adhere to it and play by it always.

Paul has had all kinds of difficult experiences (verses 4-5) but through them all he has proved his genuineness by the spiritual quality of his life and the truth and power of his message (verses 6-7). Some people have honored him, others insulted him, but in all circumstances, he has shown by his consistent behavior that he is a true servant of God (verses 8-10).

The Corinthians have not returned to Paul the open-hearted love he has shown them. He has room in his heart for them, but they have no room in their hearts for him (verses 11-12). He appeals to them to return his love (verse 13).

Apparently, the Corinthians still misunderstood what Paul was trying to teach them about relationships with unbelievers (see 1 Cor 5:9-11). Previously they thought it meant cutting themselves off from unbelievers completely. Now they go to the other extreme and think their relationships can be as close as they like, even to marriage. Not so, says Paul. There must be no permanent and binding relations with unbelievers. The new life of Christians is as different from that of non-Christians as light is from darkness or as Christ is from Satan (verses 14-15).

The church is the temple of God, and so is the individual Christian (see 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19 ). God dwells within his people, and his dwelling place must be holy. Being united with idol worshipàpers is the same as bringing a heathen idol into God’s temple (verse 16). Is that possible? Christians can have no part in the ungodliness of the sinful society in which they live. They are now members of the family of God, and their relationship with their heavenly Father is more important than all their physical and earthly relationships (verses 17-18). In view of this, they must ensure they are cleansed from the impurities of the ungodly world, so they might be holy before God (2 Cor 7:1).

🔷 Believers must act on the message and practice what they hear preached

🔷 Throughout all the difficult experiences of life, we must remain resolute and faithful to our God

🔷 Believers cannot be yoked with unbelievers and be part of their ungodliness

💥 Pray to be loyal even in difficult times
💥 Pray that your relationships will glorify God

Our relationships are expected to promote the kingdom of Christ and promote our personal purity.

In series Bright Morning Reflections