TODAY’S MEDITATION – “I did not want to grieve you… but to to let you know the depth of my love for you” (2 Corinthians 2:4).

In this passage, Apostle Paul is writing to the church of Corinth and says he did not enjoy reprimanding them because they were his friends and fellow believers. My brother, my sister, how do you react when someone who cares enough about you confronts you with your wrongdoing? The Bible says: “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses” (Proverbs 27:6). Sometimes, our friends make choices that we know are wrong. If we ignore their behaviour and let them continue in it, we won’t be showing love to them. It takes great courage to rebuke someone we love when they stubbornly believe they are right… As Christians, we should always remain honest and share our concerns in order to help these friends be their very best for God. By, not doing anything or not saying anything to them, we show that we are more concerned about being well liked than about what will happen to them. Thus we are hypocrites like the Pharisees. A true Christian cannot let a lost friend die. Jesus said “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Therefore, as His ambassadors, we should not run away from our lost friends, but try to bring them back to the Truth (Jesus) instead, because we should seek to always do what our Master taught us. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.