“Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

2 Corinthians 13:11

I’ve never really tested well. In fact, in a seminary class I once failed a final exam. The professor called me into his office and said, “Dick, I’m confident you know this information. Let’s talk.” So we did, and after that discussion he said, “You just passed the exam.” What a huge relief that was!

This month we’ve looked at Scriptures that stretch our hearts and minds. Paul gives some parting words, a final challenge for us to look deeply within ourselves to make sure we “are in the faith” (v. 5). To the struggling church in Corinth and to us who struggle through life’s continuing hardships, he calls us to be “of one mind.” The Holy Spirit generates this in us, moving us to spiritual maturity.

Finally, remember the words of Jesus. “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). Even if you do not “pass the test,” praise God we have a Savior who has passed it for us!

Scripture Focus

2 Corinthians 13:5-14


“In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity” (Rupertus Meldenius, c. 1627).

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Kings 2-3
  • Psalm 150
  • 2 Timothy 3-4