Friday, October 1, 2021
II Corinthians 12:19-13:4
II Corinthians 12:19-13:4
 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves before you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
 For I fear that perhaps I may come and find you not what I wish, and that you may find me not what you wish; that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned before and have not repented of the impurity, immorality, and licentiousness which they have practiced.
 This is the third time I am coming to you. Any charge must be sustained by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them —
 since you desire proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in you.
 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we shall live with him by the power of God.
 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons;
 and he would not allow any one to carry anything through the temple.
 And he taught, and said to them, “Is it not written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”
 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and sought a way to destroy him; for they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.
 And when evening came they went out of the city.
 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.
 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Master, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered.”
 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
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