LIVE IN PEACE . . . Amongst other things

“Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (II Corinthians 13:11b from II Corinthians 12:14-13:13 )

We have come to the end of the verses from II Corinthians, and is Paul’s habit he ends his letter with some final instructions and a blessing. It is a sort of a summary of what has gone before. To paraphrase – do things the right way; pay attention to what I told you; get along peacefully with one another, and God will be with you. Or an even short version – for God’s sake, shape up!

One gets the feeling that Paul really feels for these people. The Corinthians are not the only ones who received a scolding letter. In fact, I think most of the epistles have some portion of exhortation or correction. We will see as we journey through the year.

The day I wrote this was a day where I do not have much energy to write. I looked back on what I wrote five years ago, and at that time I did a pretty complete commentary on the passage. If you desire to read more on this verse, follow the link to Getting Where God Is.

If not, I leave you with the blessing Paul left the Corinthians in his second letter to them. The words may be steeped in time, but the sentiment is current and sincere – “Greet one another with a holy kiss. [May] All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” Selah! And shalom for your day.