Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of  Are You in It to Win It?
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Romans 1:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Week 43: Day 5

Please watch the last part of Are You in It to Win It?.

Today’s F260 Bible reading: 2 Corinthians 7-8

7:1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God. 2Make room for us in your hearts; we have wronged no one; we have ruined no one; we have exploited no one. 3I do not say this to condemn you, for I told you before that you are in our hearts so that we die together and live together with you. 4I have great confidence in you; I take great pride on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering. 5For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way—struggles from the outside, fears from within. 6But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. 7We were encouraged not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement you gave him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your deep concern for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever. 8For even if I made you sad by my letter, I do not regret having written it (even though I did regret it, for I see that my letter made you sad, though only for a short time). 9Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. 10For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death. 11For see what this very thing, this sadness as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, what punishment! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf before God. 13Therefore we have been encouraged. And in addition to our own encouragement, we rejoiced even more at the joy of Titus because all of you have refreshed his spirit. 14For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus about you has proved true as well. 15And his affection for you is much greater when he remembers the obedience of you all, how you welcomed him with fear and trembling. 16I rejoice because in everything I am fully confident in you. 8:1 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, 2that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. 3For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, 4begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the saints. 5And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 6Thus we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, so also he should complete this act of kindness for you. 7But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you—make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too. 8I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich. 10So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, 11to finish what you started, so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, you can also complete it according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have. 13For I do not say this so there would be relief for others and suffering for you, but as a matter of equality. 14At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality, 15as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” 16But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same devotion I have for you, 17because he not only accepted our request, but since he was very eager, he is coming to you of his own accord. 18And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel. 19In addition, this brother has also been chosen by the churches as our traveling companion as we administer this generous gift to the glory of the Lord himself and to show our readiness to help. 20We did this as a precaution so that no one should blame us in regard to this generous gift we are administering. 21For we are concerned about what is right not only before the Lord but also before men. 22And we are sending with them our brother whom we have tested many times and found eager in many matters, but who now is much more eager than ever because of the great confidence he has in you. 23If there is any question about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; if there is any question about our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ. 24Therefore show them openly before the churches the proof of your love and of our pride in you. (NET Bible)

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