In this passage, Paul is writing to the Corinthians before he plans on visiting them again. Like the chapter before this, Paul is discussing the idea of power and authority with the Corinthians. He lays out some logistics with his audience for determining whether or not people are acting out of a place of faith, but also reminds them of the power of Christ and the role that plays in their lives.
Paul's reminder of Christ's strength here is incredibly important. He reminds the Corinthians that though Christ was crucified "in weakness" because of his humanness, he lives in power because of God. In the same way, we are weak in our humanity, but strong in the spirit. Paul also emphasizes the importance of faith and good intentions amongst the Corinthians. He wants them to live out of a place of strength and holiness in the Spirit.
From this passage, we should really mediate on the strength of the Lord and how he works in our lives. We should remember that he is powerful among us and that he longs for us to operate out of a place of pure faith and love for those around us.
Lord, we thank you so much for the mighty ways that you move among us. Thank you for providing us with your strength even in the midst of our weakness. We just ask that you help us to have hearts that desire to serve you and those around us in a way that is glorifying to you. And as we serve, let our motivations come from a place of love and grace. Help us to be living testaments to your strength. We love you. Amen.
Author | Madelyn Livingston