II Corinthians 2:8
Confirm Your Love
2 Corinthians 2:8-9 says, Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. How can two walk together except they be agreed?
When there is a confirmation of love there is agreement in the truth. 2 Corinthians chapter 2 deals with the sorrow of sexual immorality and the suffering of those who bring the truth of the Word of God to the church. When someone falls into sexual immorality and repents what you should do and what they should do is confirm their love in the Spirit towards one another.
The word confirm is a very important word to notice here in verse 8. The world is also found in Galatians 3:15 which says, Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a mans covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
The word confirmed comes from the same root as the New Testament Word for Lord. In other words this word confirmation means something that is 100% guaranteed. The best example of a confirmation of love is the love of God through Christ, through the gospel of Christ. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Once you turn from your sins to Jesus you receive the righteousness of Christ. The love of God will be yours for all eternity. There is no confirmation of love like the promises of God. There is no confirmation of love like knowing the forgiveness of your sins. I John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. To confirm your love means to do or say something that will always be a reminder and assurance of your love for the brethren.
There are Old Testament Words for
confirm. One is found in the story of the redemption of Ruth by Boaz. Ruth
chapter 4:7 says, Now this was the manner in former time in
One of the benefits of a confirmation of love is that it results in obedience in all things. 2 Corinthians 2:9 says, For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. A confirmation of love and obedience go together. This makes sense because we serve God out of love. We love God because He first loved us. A confirmation of love that is given both in word and deed is a confirmation of simplicity and godly sincerity.
who loves Jesus with all the heart mind and soul desires and strives to be
obedient unto the will of God for his or her life each day. Sin,
especially sexual immorality, quenches the Spirit of God inside you. If you
quench the Spirit of God how will you be obedient? Repentance of sin to Christ,
and Christians forgiving one another through a love in the Spirit is the
beginning of obedience. A confirmation
of love for those who are repentant of sin always begins with forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the beginning of obedience. Now this was the manner in former
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 says, To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
And this is why forgivness
and loving the brethren is so important. If you forgive those who have wronged
you, if the church forgives those that fall into sin when they repent, the
forces of evil will never have advantage over you. This why
the teaching of karma is evil. Karma teaches people to be unforgiving
and vengeful. 69 means law and grace. There was
darkness from the 6th hour to the 9th hour when Christ
was on the cross. Forgiveness of sins and confirmations of love is how to help yourself and others be obedient to Jesus Christ in all
things. Out of much affliction and anguish of heart sometimes is what it takes
to give a confirmation of love. Ruth chapter 4:7 says, Now this was
the manner in former time in
2 Corinthians 2:12 says, Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christs gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the LORD, I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. And so in speaking about confirmations of love Paul reminded the Corinthians of how much he labored in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It may be that Paul talked about Titus as an example to the Corinthians of love in the Spirit and fellowship in the Spirit. True friendship is based upon a fellowship in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Those that fall into sexual immorality
always have destructive relationships with one another. Paul had no rest in His
spirit because when He went to
One way of confirming your love for Christ and for others is
through forgiving them. Another way is through your suffering for Christ. And
another is through your fellowship in the Spirit with the church. This was a
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