Thursday 27 August 2020
1 Corinthians 1:1-9. I will praise your name for ever, Lord – Psalm 144(145):2-7. Matthew 24:42-51.
I will praise your name forever, Lord.
Paul made a practice of praising the people in the early Christian communities, thanking God for their gifts. But some, like the Corinthians, failed to measure up to his high expectations. Even though he was not impressed with their charity and their unity, he thanked God for them and praised them for the good things he did see, especially their speech and knowledge evidenced in their teachers and preachers.
Perhaps we sometimes are disappointed when our high expectations of others can prevent us from seeing the gifts that they do have. May we, like Paul, train ourselves to thank God for their good qualities, and to praise those concerned as often as we can. Let us consider who they might be – maybe our children, our spouses, our students, our friends …
Paul finishes this reading saying, ‘and God is faithful’. Since God is faithful, he will complete his work in us in spite of our seeming imperfections.Email this Print This Page