11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Paul’s final encouragement to the Corinthians reminds them of what it looks like to be a community that places gospel truth at the centre. Despite his letter of correction, he still longs for them to live with rejoicing that they might have the fullness of the peace of God live amongst them in their community!
How would people describe the evidence of the community you are apart of? Do you see it as a place where people strive for full restoration? Encouraging one another? Living in Peace? Often this is because we don’t take time to reflect, centralise and prioritise the fruit of the gospel. What might be an encouragement you can take away and apply from this teaching of Paul?
Jesus, may our community at Newlife be marked by rejoicing, restoration, encouragement and peace. I pray people would sense the power of the gospel just by interacting with us as a people. Amen