Isaiah 12:1-14:32; 2 Corinthians 13:1-14; Psalm 57:1-11; Proverbs 23:9-11
The goal of the TV program “This Old House” is to restore to usefulness and beauty–an old house.
Based on solid home construction and restoration principles, a home is transformed before our very eyes. We’re encouraged and equipped with ideas to turn our “old house” into a beautiful home.
Restoration–that was the gist of St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. The conflicts Paul addressed, the way he presented himself, the love and concern he demonstrated, show us the way to handle conflicts that inevitably arise in our family, work and church lives.
Because Paul knew the power of God’s Word to effect change in troubled hearts, he concludes his letter to the Corinthians on an upbeat note:
“Finally brothers, rejoice! Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:11, 14
God takes our “old houses”, infuses them with His love and grace, then showcases their restored beauty for all the world to see.
Lord God, we rejoice in the hope your Word gives to us through Paul’s letter–that sin and conflict need not destroy Your Church. We rejoice in the power of the Gospel to cleanse and restore us. Grant that we may always “aim for restoration, comfort, agree, and live in peace with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. For Jesus’ sake we pray, Amen.
“I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations. I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 57:9-10
Photos by Aaron and Jade E.