Do Not Sell God’s Word to Jokes

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“For we are not like many others who profit from the word of God” (2 Corinthians 2: 17a).

Pastor rebuked the Corinthians with such harsh words, not because Pastor hated them, but because Pastor loved them so much. It is not easy to combine rebuke with love. In our lives, especially to our children, it’s very difficult to combine those two things. Because what we often see reprimands is a sign of hatred and never sees a rebuke as a sign of love. Pastor sparked his feelings with expressive sentences, “I am worried, I shed tears, I was angry, I rebuked you.” All this is not because Pastor wants to grieve their hearts, not a sign of Pastor hating them, but instead Pastor loves them with an outward love ordinary.

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