Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 197/260: Read 2 Corinthians 5

Are you nervous about the Judgment Day? Paul expressed his confidence that on the last day, he would be accepted by the Lord. He wrote, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

For some, though, that may not inspire a great deal of confidence. Those who have not been living by the faith of the Word, who have rather put their trust in their own merits or in the faith of others, will not have a leg to stand on when the last day comes.

Will L. Thompson, a member of the church of Christ who lived from 1847 to 1909, wrote a hymn about how that last day will be seen by various people. First, he calls it a “great day,” pointing to the fact that “the saints and the sinners shall be parted right and left.” Next, he says it is a “bright day…but its brightness shall only come to them that love the Lord.” Finally, it is a “sad day…when the sinner shall hear his doom, ‘Depart, I know ye not.’” Brother Thompson asks repeatedly, “Are you ready for that day to come?”

How do you see that great day that is coming? Will it be a bright day, or a sad day? “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

2 Corinthians 9:7. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Pray

Pray for forgiveness when needed, and for boldness to do the will of the Lord always.

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