THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: YOUR CORE VALUES
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 7:1- 16
MEMORY VERSE: 2 CORINTHIAN 7: 2 “Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one.”
The core values of a man are those things he considers so important to him and places high premium upon. They are the things he cannot do without.
Paul evangelized the city of Corinth but before the people heard the gospel of the resurrected Lord, the core values of the city were:
i Idolatry (I Cor. 10: 14) ii sexual immorality (I Cor. 5: 1)
iii life of revelry (I Cor. 8: 4; 11: 34)
iv formal education which they thought gave them wisdom (I Cor. 2: 6 – 7)
Paul made the Church to understand that their core values were valueless to God and His Kingdom, hence his letter to them to condemn those values. He told the Church that the core value which God expected from them was repentance from the works of the flesh. The Bible says Paul made them sorrowful through his letter “For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though for a while” (II Cor. 7: 8).
The reason for listening to messages in the Church, the electronic media and through tracts is for you to know that wealth, fame, power, position, beauty, fashion and certificates, which preachers condemn, are NOT the proper core values of life. Rather, the core value which God expects from you is a Godly sorrow which produces repentance that leads to salvation. Apostle Paul gave reasons why the Corinthians should embrace him and his team rather than allowing their false teachers to put them into the bondage of Satan while exalting themselves (the false teachers). Many so-called preachers today are like those false teachers of Paul’s time. Let the kingdom of God and His righteousness be your core values and all other things will be added to them (Matt. 6: 33).
HYMN: EMHB 386 – O THOU WHO CAMEST FROM ABOVE
PRAYER: God, give me the grace to make Your Kingdom business my core value in Jesus’ name.
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