by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Psalms 115:1-18

READ (Verses chosen for meditation)
2 Corinthians 6:12 “You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.”

Paul told the Corinthians that as faithful disciples of the Lord, they (Paul and his team of disciples) had spoken freely to them. They had freely and courageously exhorted the Corinthians to live a life of holiness and to have nothing to do with anything that might sway them away from the truth. Therefore the Corinthians were not “restricted” by the Apostle and his team. If they obey the truth that were carried by the Apostle, then they will be free to bear good fruit for God’s kingdom. Yet, the reality in Corinth was that many of the believers were still clinging on to their old affections i.e. sexual immorality and idolatry. In this sense, they were highly restricted to live the Christian life to the fullest by their unholy affections. They were chained by the shackles of their old desires to fully experience true freedom in Jesus Christ.

Indeed, we are often restricted by our old affections to fully live and serve Christ. We are not helpless to such old affections; we simply allow such affections to restrict us. For me, I am still struggling to deny my own flesh to better serve and love my family members. There will be days when I just want to “chill”, instead of engaging the children in the activities they like me to be a part of. In my mind, I know that such are great opportunities to deepen my relationship with the children; yet my flesh is weak and I occasionally succumb to the temptation to disengage. What can I do but to persevere in trusting God, who had unreservedly and freely given His grace for me to do what is good and right. Help me Lord in my unbelief!

Lord our God, You have freely given to us all things so as to keep us in faith and in step with You. Forgive us during the times when we fail to obey and give us grace to continue to learn and to grow in You for Your sake. Amen.