"Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of Love & Peace will be with you."
(2 Corinthians 13:11)
As Paul wraps up his 2nd letter to the church in Corinth, he leaves them with a final set of admonitions. Four requests:
- Put things in order... (aka "get your stuff together!") Do what you know you need to be doing. Reconcile relationships. Correct your behavior. Change your actions. Do right by God & others.
- Listen to my appeal... (aka "encourage one another") Follow the words of this letter. Quit bickering. Be one. United! Encourage & build up, don't tear each other down.
- Agree with one another... It's all about unity. Support. Being one body together. Agree. Don't fight & argue. Seriously.
- Live in peace... Peace in your life & heart & mind & spirit. Be an agent of peace. Smooth out broken & troubled relationships.