" ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2 Corinthians 7:1
Have you ever been comforted... because of someone else's comfort? I thought about this as I was reading this morning a chapter in 2 Corinthians.
How many of us can truly, and in all honesty, say that we are most comforted, or happy for those around us who are doing well. Do we care enough? Do we want the lives of those around us to be enriched by God's blessings? Do we want to see growth and be blessed as a result of seeing the work of God being made manifest in their lives?
Well, such was the case for Apostle Paul and the Corinthians... his desire for them to be cleansed "from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit"(v.1). How comforted he was to hear of their godly sorrow ... and as a result, see the fruits of their repentance. How he cared for them!
Do we care for those around us... without condemning? That's always hard to do... this caring without condemning.
His power alone can give us victory over the flesh. How encouraging!
" Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."
For the fruit of the Spirit is:
Oh, that our care for one another would be evident in the sight of God and man. That we would indeed be of comfort to one another... and refresh those around us.
Father, may your Spirit cleanse us from all the workings of the flesh and strengthen us to attain unto holiness.
May you manifest God's grace in abundance to those in need... that your soul may be comforted and refreshed in the presence of a Holy God.