Holiness and Time

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:23-24

Time is necessary for matters that need maturing. Time is certainly needed for believers who pursue a holy life. Originally the Apostle had planned an early visit to the church in Corinth. But after writing a letter while in great distress because of the sinful ways of the Corinthian believers, he decided an immediate visit would be a bad move.

Undoubtedly, Paul knew the people needed more time to react to his letter of correction. We don’t achieve sanctification hastily. So Paul thought, “If I visit promptly after my rebuke I won’t see the progress in sanctification God wants. It will be minimal and confused. The result will a painful face-to-face encounter.” So he opted mercifully to be patient with the Corinthians. He changed his plans and explained, “It was in order to spare you that I did not return.”

In our relationships with others, how important it is to remember that holiness is not an instant prize of faith. Maturity takes time. So show mercy and patience when people fail. Control your discouragement. Make the most of the time that God gives you before you meet him face to face.

PRAYER

Dear Father, deliver us from an inconsistent life. Help us to say “Yes” to you always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.