Monday, June 17, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, June 17, 2019


The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, June 17, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 124
Thanksgiving for Israel’s Deliverance
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
1  If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
     —let Israel now say—
2  if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
     when our enemies attacked us,
3  then they would have swallowed us up alive,
     when their anger was kindled against us;
4  then the flood would have swept us away,
     the torrent would have gone over us;
5  then over us would have gone
     the raging waters.

6  Blessed be the Lord,
     who has not given us
     as prey to their teeth.
7  We have escaped like a bird
     from the snare of the fowlers;
   the snare is broken,
     and we have escaped.

8  Our help is in the name of the Lord,
     who made heaven and earth.

Proverbs 7:1-4
The False Attractions of Adultery
7:1 My child, keep my words
     and store up my commandments with you;
2  keep my commandments and live,
     keep my teachings as the apple of your eye;
3  bind them on your fingers,
     write them on the tablet of your heart.
4  Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
     and call insight your intimate friend,

Ephesians 4:7-16
4:7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it is said,

   “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
     he gave gifts to his people.”

9 (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
Each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

The Morning Prayer for MONDAY, June 17, 2019

Monday morning prayer

Lord,

Sometimes, Monday can be a hard day. Dreaded on Sunday and fled from on a Friday. Yet why Lord as Monday could be the beginning of a work adventure, the new challenge of a week filled with potential? So I pray you would help me to embrace this day.

Let it be a new day and a wonder day. Help me to see not the clouds but the sunrise, not the rain but the ripples of falling drops. Show me the joy of the embrace with loved ones, not the tensions and troubles. Monday need not be the grudge day to be endured but the fun day to be embraced.

This day, help me to turn my eyes towards your Kingdom, of love, hope and new beginnings. Amen.

Morning Prayer


I come before you O Lord
As the sun rises may your hope rise up in me.
As the birds sing may your love flow out of me.
As the light floods into this new day,
May your joy shine through me.
I come before you, O Lord
And drink in this moment of peace,
That I may carry something of your hope, love and joy
Today in my heart.

Amen.

Verse of the Day MONDAY, June 17, 2019

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Psalm 68:4-5 (NIV) Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

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Un dia a la Vez - Monday, June 17, 2019

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Sencillez de la vida (segunda parte)

Tú das la victoria a los humildes, pero humillas a los altaneros
~ Salmo 18:27 (NVI)

Es muy importante que la sencillez y la humildad las apliquemos a la vida de nuestros hijos. Esto es una función de nosotros como padres que debemos cultivar.

En mi caso, me ha dado resultados. Desde mi niñez, mi padre, el señor Carlos Pinzón, pionero de la radio y la televisión en Colombia, famoso y reconocido, nunca mostró ser una persona prepotente. Por el contrario, siempre se destacó por su sencillez y su humildad, y con un don de gente increíble. Incluso, después de retirado de los medios y con ochenta años de edad, la gente lo encuentra y lo reconoce. Es más, cuando se expresan de él, lo hacen de una manera muy amorosa. Ese ha sido un bello ejemplo a seguir para nosotros como hijos y como profesionales. Ahora, como adulta y profesional, lo he aplicado pidiéndole siempre a Dios que me mantenga humilde y asequible a las personas.

Durante años, también he aprendido algo en lo que pienso de vez en cuando: «TODOS SOMOS REEMPLAZABLES, NADIE ES IMPRESCINDIBLE».

Con ese pensamiento, día a día doy lo mejor de mí como si fuera el último y no lo hago para complacer a nadie, sino que lo hago para DIOS.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Es muy importante que la sencillez y la humildad las apliquemos a la vida de nuestros hijos.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, June 17, 2019

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HAS GOD FORGOTTEN HIS CHILDREN?

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
~ Psalm 13:1-2 (NIV)

If any believers can identify with this cry of David, it is those in North Korea. Today we hear from our co-worker, Jan Vermeer:

Looking at the desperate condition of the scattered North Korean church is a test of faith. Was the church meant to be underground or to be a bold witness? Should the name of Jesus Christ be proclaimed or whispered in silence? And if Jesus is King, why doesn’t He come to the rescue of his followers? Why do hundreds or even thousands perish in prisons or death camps each year?

An Open Doors contact in North Korea talks about their prayer meetings. “If you could attend one of those rare prayer meetings, your hearts would break,” he says. “We cover the portraits of the leaders on the wall and then we kneel down in a circle. We pray for strength and endurance. We pray that God will keep our country. ‘Father,’ we say, ‘The Israelites sinned and you made them wander in the wilderness for forty years. But for us, Lord, after more than fifty years we are still being punished. However, we have sinned and You are just. We bowed before the idols of Kim Il-Sung and before that to the idols of the Japanese. Forgive us. Please Father; restore the churches of past times in North Korea.’”

Feeling that sense of guilt in the North Korean believers is utterly painful. It makes you cry out with them the words of David, “How long, oh Lord? Will you forget me forever?” It’s a heartfelt cry, but is it the truth? Has God forgotten His children in North Korea? For that answer we have to investigate the spiritual life of North Korean Christians.

The Open Doors contact adds, “If you do that, you’ll find North Korean Christians are very mature. They know how to approach unbelievers and how to train new Christians, including their children once they are old enough. The Christians don’t mind to be tested. In fact, they are determined to sacrifice themselves for the Kingdom of God. They see trials as purifying.”

North Korean Christians know that when they pray earnestly, God will answer. The contact continues, “Whenever we do a project with Open Doors, first we fast for seven, sometimes ten days. Only when God tells us separately that we can continue with the project do we give the green light and carry out the project. Sometimes we have a very vivid dream in which God tells us what to do and sometimes we all just feel exactly the same about the project. Our believers are bolder and stronger than before, even though the persecution is also stronger.”

Where people love and follow Jesus, there is always hope!

RESPONSE: Today I bask in the sunshine of this hope. God does not ever forget His children!

PRAYER: Pray today for isolated believers in North Korea who do not have the warmth of Christian fellowship and group prayer.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Women of the Bible - Monday, June 17, 2019

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Rizpah

Her name means: "A Hot Stone" or "Coal"

Her character: Saul's concubine Rizpah was the mother of Armoni and Mephibosheth. Though a woman with few rights and little power, she displayed great courage and loyalty after the death of her sons.
Her sorrow: That her only sons were executed and their bodies dishonored because of their father's crime.
Her joy: That the bodies of her sons were finally given an honorable burial.
Key Scriptures: 2 Samuel 21:8-14

Her Story

One day a rabbi stood on a hill overlooking a certain city. The rabbi watched in horror as a band of Cossacks on horseback suddenly attacked the town, killing innocent men, women, and children. Some of the slaughtered were his own disciples. Looking up to heaven, the rabbi exclaimed: "Oh, if only I were God." An astonished student, standing nearby, asked, "But, Master, if you were God, what would you do differently?" The rabbi replied: "If I were God I would do nothing differently. If I were God, I would understand."

One day a woman named Rizpah was standing on a hill in Israel, watching the execution of seven men. Her grief was sharp, for among the dead were her own two sons. Executed for their father's crime, their bodies were left to rot on the hillside, despite a law requiring burial by sunset. Perhaps, like the rabbi, Rizpah wished she were God, even for a moment. Maybe then she would understand the "why" of what she had just witnessed.

It is not hard to imagine Rizpah's suffering. To watch as her body convulses in sorrow. To see her pound a fist against her breast to beat away the grief. When will she turn away from the gruesome spectacle? we wonder. But instead of fleeing the scene of her sorrow, she faces it, drawing close to bloodied bodies she once had cradled in her arms. Then she spreads sackcloth on a rock and sits down, refusing to move except to beat off birds of prey by day and jackals by night. Her vigil would last for several months—from mid-April to early October. Rizpah would not bury her grief as long as the bodies of her sons remained unburied.

Joshua had promised to live in peace with the Gibeonites, but Saul had murdered many of them during his reign, attempting to annihilate them. As a result of Saul's oath-breaking, Israel suffered a famine for three years running. In retribution, the Gibeonites had asked David for seven of Saul's male offspring. David surrendered Saul's two sons by Rizpah and five grandsons by Saul's daughter Merab. Blood was spilt for blood.

Scripture doesn't say whether Rizpah's sons shared their father's guilt. But like all mothers whose children have perished by violence—those in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, our own inner cities, and even our suburbs—Rizpah must have understood the terrible link between sin and death. One person's sin is a cancer that spreads. By refusing to hide her grief, by living out her anguish in public, Rizpah gave meaning to her sons' deaths, making the entire nation face the evil of what had happened.

Finally, the rains came. Finally, the king's heart was touched. Hearing of Rizpah's loyalty and courage, David ordered the remains of the executed to be buried. He even ordered Saul's and his son Jonathan's bones to be reclaimed and buried.

Scripture doesn't say that God ordered David to hand the men over to the Gibeonites in the first place, or even that the famine ended when they were executed. Instead, as Virginia Stem Owens points out in her book Daughters of Eve, the Bible indicates that God answered prayers on behalf of the land after the dead were given a decent burial. David's act in honor of the dead may have signaled an end to Israel's divisions. Finally, the land could be healed and the Israelites could reunite under David's leadership.

Rizpah made the people look at the cost of sin. Like many women in ancient cultures, she had few rights and little power. But her persistent courage gave meaning to her sons' deaths and helped a nation deal with the sin of its leader. Her story is tragic; her response, memorable. Perhaps because of her, other mothers in Israel were spared a similar grief, at least for a time.

Her Promise

Rizpah's consistency and tenacity is a lesson for all who are inclined to give up when the going gets tough. Out of love and a need to do what was right, she stuck out bad weather, cold, fatigue, and wild animals to protect her dead sons. Finally, someone in authority took notice and did something. Her faithfulness was rewarded, and she could rest. God promises the same to us. He asks us only to be faithful and to leave the rest up to him. Whatever the situation—harsh parents, unloving spouses, rebellious children, financial difficulties, sickness, or death—God knows and will uphold and provide in his time.

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
"If I were God I would do nothing differently. If I were God, I would understand."

Girlfriends in God - Monday, June 17, 2019

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Settling Disagreements

Today’s Truth

Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

Friend to Friend

I’m so glad that today we don’t have disagreements or quarrels within the church between women partnering together in ministry. Oh wait… that was just a dream. We are still needing to heed Paul’s instructions to settle disagreements.

I imagine Euodia and Syntyche sitting in the audience as Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi was read. Did they slink in their seats when they heard Paul name them? Was one of them not present because she wasn’t coming to the church gathering if the other one was there?

In the letter to the Philippians Paul had spoken mostly in general terms to the entire group. The theme of the book revolves around joy. Paul wanted the church to rejoice in the Lord. As he instructed two co-laborers in Christ to settle their dispute, he knew that continuing in the argument will take away from their joy and affect the entire church body.

At some point, Euodia and Syntyche had worked together. Paul said they were diligent in telling others the Good News. The gospel truths remind us that God put on flesh and sacrificed His own Son to reconcile us to Himself. After we embrace this gift of salvation, we find we can draw near in our vertical relationship with God. However, the good news permeates our horizontal relationships with others as well.

Settling disagreements doesn’t mean we have to be a doormat or move from our personal convictions. It does include:
  • Listening – really trying to hear what the other person is saying. Jesus said, “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” (John 7:24)
  • Validating feelings – we may not have meant to offend, but if the other person was hurt, we have to acknowledge their feelings.
  • Taking responsibility - none of us is usually sinless in a dispute. We can take ownership for where we might have made assumptions, judged, or used words or actions that hurt another.
  • Willingness to move forward – once we have listened, acknowledged feelings, and taken responsibility, then we express to each other that we want to move forward not repeating hurtful actions. None of us is perfect, but we can express the intent to do no harm.
What disagreements have you been involved in lately? Whether at home, work, school, church, or on social media we often can exchange harsh words. When we are at odds with another believer, Paul recommends settling when possible.  Situations do exist when others are unwilling to reconcile. We can’t force them to listen, validate feelings, take responsibility or express willingness to move forward. In those situations, we follow Paul’s advice to the church at Rome, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18, NIV)

The Lord wants us to experience joy. I never find it in disharmony with other Christians. Working things out isn’t always easy, but the Lord calls us to settle our disagreements so that the gospel message can go forward with unity.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, please show me any relationships in my life that need attention. Have I offended anyone without knowing it? Help me to settle my disagreements with others so that the focus of my mental and heart energy can be sharing your good news. I don’t want any root of bitterness to grow in my heart that will keep me from joy and affect others negatively. Jesus thank you for reconciling me to the Father through your blood. Help me to be a woman who brings people together rather than tears them apart.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

When it comes to your relationships, where is the Lord calling you to take some action steps? While we may hope the other person will apologize or take a first step, as followers of Jesus it is always our turn. Do you need to invite someone to lunch or make a phone call today to take steps to reconcile with someone? Be bold and make the first move prayerfully. Even if the other person isn’t willing to reconcile, you can find joy in knowing you are honoring God in initiating peace.

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I’m so glad that today we don’t have disagreements or quarrels within the church between women partnering together in ministry.

LHM Daily Devotions - Our Shield and Glory

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"Our Shield and Glory"

Jun. 17, 2019

But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy hill.
~ Psalm 3:3-4 (ESV)

Even though we are free to worship as we wish, still we may at times cry out with David, the psalmist, "How many are my foes!" (Psalm 3:1a). Though we may not suffer persecution through physical harm or loss of earthly possessions, we may be mocked for our faith; or our belief in Christ may simply be dismissed as useless. Our fear and doubt and guilt always plague us as internal enemies, and our chief foe, the devil, ceaselessly tries to trip us up.

We live in a culture that increasingly mocks those who follow Jesus. It is fine, some suggest, for us to keep our faith, so long as we keep it privately. As we invite others to examine the truth of the Christian faith—to meet Jesus, who is the Truth—the response may well be, "You have your truth, and I have mine." David, as he expresses in the psalm, faced a similar response: "Many are saying of my soul, 'There is no salvation for him in God'" (Psalm 3:2).

But David has the answer. He is not ashamed to confess the truth of his salvation, and we need not be ashamed either: "You, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head." God shields us and we lift our heads in hope because long ago He answered us "from his holy hill" (Psalm 3:4b). On a holy hill outside of Jerusalem our Lord Jesus endured the mockery and ridicule of the onlookers who came to watch His execution: "He saved others, let Him save Himself" (Luke 23:35b). He would not save Himself because He hung from the cross on that holy hill to save us. His suffering complete, our Lord, in the words of the psalm, "lay down and slept" the sleep of death. The same psalm could have shaped the prayer of our Savior on the first Easter morning: "I woke again, for the Lord sustained me" (Psalm 3:5).

Each day we lie down to sleep, confident that the Lord who gave Himself to save us will sustain us through the night and through the new day be our shield and our glory. One day, like our Lord Jesus once did, we will lie down and sleep the sleep of death. But as with our Lord, we too will wake from death because the Lord who sustains us now through life will raise us to eternal life and sustain us in His presence forever.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, when foes, real or imagined, rise against us, sustain us by Your power. Strengthen and encourage all those who suffer persecution around the world for the sake of Your holy Name. Be our Shield and our Glory and lift us up in triumph. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Does our culture belittle or uplift those who look to God for help? How so?
  • Have you ever felt there was a time when there was no hope for you? When and why?
  • What do you do when you feel pressured or ostracized for your faith?

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Does our culture belittle or uplift those who look to God for help?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 17 de Junio de 2019 - Nuestro escudo y orgullo


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Nuestro escudo y orgullo

17 de Junio de 2019

Pero tú, Señor, me rodeas como un escudo; eres mi orgullo, el que sostiene mi vida. Con mi voz clamaré a ti, Señor, y tú me responderás desde tu lugar santo.
~ Salmo 3:3-4 (RVC)

A pesar de que somos libres de adorar como deseamos, hay momentos que queremos clamar al igual que el salmista David: "Señor, ¡cómo han aumentado mis enemigos!" (Salmo 3:1a). Aunque no suframos persecución, daño físico o pérdida de posesiones materiales, podemos ser ridiculizados por nuestra fe; o nuestra confianza en Cristo puede simplemente ser descartada como inútil. Ciertamente, los enemigos como el miedo, la duda y la culpa siempre nos acosan, y el diablo, nuestro principal enemigo, busca incesantemente nuestra caída.

Vivimos en una sociedad que se burla cada vez más de quienes seguimos a Jesús. Muchos oponentes sugieren: "pueden seguir practicando su fe, pero siempre y cuando lo hagan en privado". Cuando invitamos a otros a examinar la verdad de la fe cristiana, a encontrar a Jesús, que es la verdad, la respuesta bien podría ser: "Tú tienes tu verdad y yo la mía." David se enfrentó a una respuesta similar y así lo expresa en el salmo: "Son muchos los que me dicen que tú no vendrás en mi ayuda" (Salmo 3:2).

Pero David tiene la respuesta. Él no se avergüenza de confesar la verdad de su salvación, y tampoco debemos nosotros: "Pero tú, Señor, me rodeas como un escudo; eres mi orgullo, el que sostiene mi vida". Dios nos protege y sostiene nuestra vida con esperanza porque hace mucho tiempo Él nos respondió desde su "lugar santo" (Salmo 3:4b). En una colina santa en las afueras de Jerusalén, nuestro Señor Jesús soportó la burla y el ridículo de los espectadores que acudieron a observar su ejecución: "Ya que salvó a otros, que se salve a sí mismo" (Lucas 23:35b). Él no quiso salvarse a sí mismo, porque al colgar de la cruz en esa colina sagrada nos estaba salvando... a nosotros. El sufrimiento de nuestro Señor acabó, en las palabras del salmo: "yo me acuesto, y duermo" el sueño de la muerte. El mismo salmo pudo haber formado la oración de nuestro Salvador en la primera mañana de Pascua: "y despierto porque tú, Señor, me sostienes" (Salmo 3:5).

Cada día nos acostamos a dormir confiados en que el Señor, quien se dio a sí mismo para salvarnos, nos sostendrá durante toda la noche, y durante el nuevo día será nuestro escudo y nuestro orgullo. Un día, como lo hizo nuestro Señor Jesús, nos acostaremos y dormiremos el sueño de la muerte. Pero al igual que con nuestro Señor, nosotros también despertaremos de la muerte porque el Señor que nos sostiene ahora, a través de la vida nos elevará a la vida eterna y nos sostendrá en Su presencia para siempre.

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, cuando los enemigos, reales e imaginarios, se alzan contra nosotros, sostennos con tu poder. Fortalece y alienta a todos los que sufren persecución por tu santo Nombre. Sé nuestro escudo y nuestro orgullo y levántanos en triunfo. Amén.

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿De qué manera crees que la sociedad que te rodea menosprecia o eleva a quienes buscan ayuda en Dios?
  • ¿Qué haces cuando te sientes presionado o rechazado por tu fe?

Dra. Carol Geisler. © Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿De qué manera crees que la sociedad que te rodea menosprecia o eleva a quienes buscan ayuda en Dios?

Notre Pain Quotidien - User d’intégrité

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User d’intégrité

La Bible en un an : Néhémie 7 – 9 ; Actes

[Tels] nous sommes en paroles dans nos lettres, étant absents, tels aussi nous sommes dans nos actes, étant présents. V. 11

Une de mes amies – d’accord, ma psychologue – a dessiné un bonhomme allumette sur une feuille, qu’elle a désigné comme le moi « privé », puis un cercle autour en respectant une marge d’environ 1,5 centimètre, qu’elle a désigné comme le moi « public ». L’écart entre la sphère privée et la sphère publique représente notre degré d’intégrité.

Je me suis interrogée en réfléchissant à sa leçon : Est-ce que je suis la même en public qu’en privé ? Est-ce que je suis intègre ?


Dans ses lettres à l’Église de Corinthe, Paul l’a exhortée avec amour et fermeté à ressembler à Jésus. Vers la fin de sa seconde lettre, il a indiqué à ceux qui mettaient son intégrité en doute qu’il était sévère et fort en écrit, mais faible en personne (2 CO 10.10). Alors que ses détracteurs usaient de leur verve pour spolier leurs auditeurs, il s’exprimait avec simplicité malgré son érudition. « [Ma] parole et ma prédication ne reposaient pas sur les discours persuasifs de la sagesse, mais sur une démonstration d’Esprit et de puissance », avait-il affirmé dans sa lettre précédente (1 CO 2.4). Sa seconde révélait son intégrité : « Que celui qui parle de la sorte considère que tels nous sommes en paroles dans nos lettres, étant absents, tels aussi nous sommes dans nos actes, étant présents » (2 CO 10.11).

Paul se présentait en public comme en privé tel qu’il était véritablement. Qu’en est-il de nous ?

Restons les mêmes en privé comme en public. Usons d’intégrité.


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Est-ce que je suis la même en public qu’en privé ?