“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you
with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?”
Throughout this month we’ve focused on what it looks like when someone has been with Jesus. We looked at Old Testament characters who walked with God or even saw the prefigured Christ in some form, as well as New Testament characters who saw Him, touched Him, and spoke with Him.
Now Paul is writing to the church at Corinth because, though they have been with him (and Paul is bearing witness to Jesus), the people are making one wrong choice after another. With Paul out of sight, their walk is not matching their talk. They are forgetting that through Paul they have been with Jesus! Paul will come pay them a visit himself, and one way or the other—gentle or severe—there will need to be discipline.
Obviously, we can’t physically see Jesus. But we can and do spend time with Him through the reading of His Word and through prayer. Does your talk match your walk? Does the God of this universe have to use discipline to correct you? Or will He come alongside and whisper in your ear to bring you back on course with Him? You decide.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matthew 11:29)