“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Become mature, be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11-12)
Paul in his letters to the various churches he helped to plant and support always loved to finish them with encouragement and love. Here in one of his letters to the church in Corinth it is again this kind of word that he wanted to send to the congregation.
Paul loved the people in Corinth and wanted to make sure that they were growing in their faith. He wanted them to be encouraged to keep going in their faith. He wanted them to be at peace with one another and he wanted them to be in fellowship with God and each other.
The same should be for us as well. We should be striving to love God and love one another more. We should be striving to become more mature in our faith and our walk with God. We should be encouraging one another. We should be striving for peace and unity at a time with divisiveness is very apparent.
This week, let us encourage one another like Paul encouraged the Corinthians. Let us be about rejoicing about the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Let us love God and one another more and more. And let us be about sharing peace that comes through Jesus Christ.