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The Winter

Read 1 Corinthians 14:1 through 16:24

This was Becky’s first visit back home during winter since she had moved away. Though she enjoyed avoiding the ice, Becky missed her family. As she drove from the airport, she realized most of her memories were pleasant. Leaving her foreign mission work for several months allowed her to come home for winter.

Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go (1 Corinthians 16:6).

Paul wrote to the church in Corinth addressing many important topics: church conflict, doctrinal corrections, misuse of spiritual gifts, and the importance of keeping love at the center. Often, when addressing a church in conflict, people don’t want to visit. Not Paul. His desire, like Becky’s, was to come and stay a while. He hoped to spend the winter with his spiritual family.

Paul knew—whatever the weather relationally, doctrinally, or emotionally—love should be the center. Loving one another can guide people home.

Thought for Today: God places people in your life. Spend time with them.

Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 16:5–11


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