Friday, September 3, 2021
II Corinthians 5:6-18
II Corinthians 5:6-18
 So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
 We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.
 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who pride themselves on a man’s position and not on his heart.
 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
 For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
 And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer.
 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid.
 But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet.
 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoeni’cian by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
 And he said to her, “Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
 And he said to her, “For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.”
 And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone.
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