2 Corinthians 13:5-10
The church in Corinth gave Paul more than a few gray hairs. Known to bicker, get caught up in petty arguments, follow false teachings, and refuse to leave their previous sinful lives behind them, this ancient church bears a striking resemblance to the church today. So Paul writes to them warning that he is coming to see them and they should do what is right before he gets there. Or else…
We often think of God as being a “or else….” kind of God, but Paul says this in 2 Cor 13:5:
“Examine yourselves to see if your faith in genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. (NLT)
In other words, live as if Christ is among us, because He is. Do what is right when we think no one is looking, because Christ is always present. If we live with this reality, we’ve passed the test of faith. Fearing the wrath of God once we’ve failed is not living as we ought. Doing what is right because it is right, because we trust Jesus and His way for our lives, this is the real test of faith.
So do what is right, knowing that we share Christ’s love in the world around us when we do.