I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 2 Corinthians 7:3 NIV
We were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.… 2 Corinthians 7:13b NIV
Have you ever remembered someone so vividly that it almost seemed possible to reach out and touch them? It happens in dreams sometimes. It happens in our waking moments too, but of course we know then that what we see if not really there…not able to be hugged and kissed and brought into a loving embrace. Nevertheless, we cherish moments like these, because they remind us of who we love and why we love them so fiercely.
Paul loved the people in the church at Corinth.
Paul remembered the church of Corinth fondly while away from them, because he had experienced life with them. He had introduced them to Christ. He had taught them what it was to have faith in God. He had showed them how to live in a world that was often hostile to Christians. Paul had lived and worked and nurtured this church until the time when the Holy Spirit bid him move on. When a letter arrived from them and it was signed by one of this church’s members (even though what it contained was difficult to read), Paul was moved by it, because it instantly transported back to a time when the person stood before him and a smile had passed between them. He loved the church of Corinth and he liked her, which as we all know are two very different things.
Today, we may be reminded of someone we are away from and we may miss them so much that we feel a little pain just thinking of all the good times we had together in the past. When that happens, let’s send up a prayer to our God on their behalf. Let’s ask him to bless them. Let’s thank Him that we had the chance to know them, and let’s linger a little longer on the memory of good times, even if they included painful circumstances. Tomorrow may bring us back together, but if not, we have the memory of days gone by to get us by, and the blessed hope of one day being united again. Praise God!
Are you separated from someone you love? What is your favorite memory with others that you can no longer see?