Continuing in our look at Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, we can understand Paul’s motives. The church had some challenges. Paul wrote to them with instructions. Titus went to check on their progress and reported back to Paul.
So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.
2 Corinthians 7:12-13
Paul’s letter to them (1 Corinthians) was a test. God was challenging them to step up to a new level.
Paul was following God’s heart when he wrote to this church. You can see it in his comments.
He didn’t write the letter because someone was sinning. He didn’t even write it because someone was hurt or offended. He sent it because he wanted the church to see how they had grown and matured in the Lord.
We have to understand that this is why the Lord allows tests and trials into our lives. God isn’t wondering how we’ll respond, or if we’ve grown or not. He already knows what’s in our hearts. He knows how we’ll react.
God allows these challenges so that we’ll see just how far we’ve come. Many times I’ve gone through a problem only to say something like, “Five years ago I would have never made it through that. I must be maturing.”
God wants us to see how far we’ve progressed in Him. But it’s not just for our sakes.
I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.
2 Corinthians 7:14-16
That is an example of God’s heart as well. He wants to “show us off” to the world and to the enemy’s kingdom.
The Holy Spirit is working in us. He’s changing and maturing us into the image of Christ. More than that, the Lord wants everyone to know it.
This is the wisdom of God. He’s doing this so that we can walk in His glory (1 Corinthians 2:7).
We need to stop looking at our challenges as a bad thing. God allows them into our lives for our benefit. They’re producing His goals in our lives. They’re paving the way to our destiny in Him.
Question: What is a past trial that you can see how a positive result came from it?
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