I cracked open a new Bible Study that I cannot wait to sink my teeth into with all its relativity in today’s society. It is based upon the timeframe when Paul was trying to encourage the young church at Corinth to stand firm against the presiding attitudes of the culture. The first time Paul visited, he taught in the synagogue to both Jews and Greeks. This is important to understand because Paul was a lifetime follower of the Jewish religion. He was very well respected until he became a Christian at which point many Jews hated him. He found himself very discouraged that the Jews (God’s chosen people) were the ones most insulted by his message. In Acts, it is written that they were even abusive to him along with distancing themselves and ridiculing him. He turned his attention to those who he knew least and many were converted. As this was happening Paul needed God’s encouragement as the loneliness for familiar relationships crept in. This is when our beautiful passage was spoken into the heart of Paul. Sometimes the people with whom we are most familiar wound us the most.
Truth is framed within the contents of the Bible. The Bible speaks the mind and heart of God on every topic. That is why it is essential that we get into the Word and guard our heart and mind with His knowledge and understanding.