Together in Christ: 'Stay Connected' — 2 Corinthians 13:13-14

Monday, July 10, 2023

All of God’s people here send you their greetings.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

— 2 Corinthians 13:13-14 NLT

Key Thought

Paul helped connect groups of young believers. He connected Jews with non-Jews, young and old, and people from different cities and provinces. Paul helped these varied groups maintain fellowship, deepen their relationships, and grow in respect for one another. He did it in person, through letters, and by participation in group decisions. Our verses today are a good reminder of Paul's commitment to connect and encourage other believers.

As Paul closed his letter to the Corinthians, he brought greetings from Christians in Macedonia, where he is currently staying, to those in Corinth. He wanted both groups to celebrate their shared fellowship, love, and grace. Paul then gave a blessing to the Corinthians. Paul reminded them that their life of grace, love, and fellowship centered on God's nature as Father, Son, and Spirit. God, Who lives in fellowship with Himself (as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), empowers our fellowship. Christians don't just connect with each other; more significantly, they connect with each other through God. When I read these closing verses, I ask myself a vital set of questions:

  • Am I connecting with other believers?
  • Am I connecting other believers with other people of faith?
  • Am I using these connections to convey our shared grace, love, and fellowship that we have in being God's children, Jesus' disciples, and family in the Holy Spirit?

Connecting with other believers is crucial for those who are discouraged, struggling, tempted, or persecuted. [1] Connecting with other believers is vital for us, too! We should never neglect meeting with other believers to encourage each other. [2] [2] Let's follow Paul's example and connect and encourage other believers!

[1] Hebrews 3:12-13.
[2] Hebrews 10:19-25.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God Who revealed Himself as YHWH — Father, Son, and Spirit: I come to You in deep appreciation of the worldwide fellowship and family I have in Jesus. Please use me to be a blessing to others and celebrate the grace, love, and fellowship we have in You! Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:3-21
  • Hebrews 3:12-13, 10:19-25


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Illustration of 2 Corinthians 13:13-14 NLT — All of God’s people here send you their greetings.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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