A Pastor’s Heart (II Cor. 2)

For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.  For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad.”  II Cor 2:1-2a

Last week was an amazing week for me personally in many ways.  As we shared with the people of Romania and I had the opportunity to preach in their churches, I was gripped at the grace of God in allowing me to be a part of so many lives.  One young lady came to me at the end of the service and said, “I was a young girl when I first heard you preach back in 2006.  It was in 2010 that I gave my heart to Christ as you preached here.  I wanted to tell you thank you.”  I want you to know that this blessed this pastors heart.

This mornings More For Christ readings are anything but a blessing to Paul.  Certainly he loved the church at Corinth.  He had been their pastor for 18 months.  Now as he writes we see the heart of this pastor:

1.  He wrote out of love for them:

Paul’s heart was in anguish as his desire was for the church to align with Heaven.  This church was in rebellion and this pastor, in love, confronted them.  Question, “How much do you love those around you?”  Do you love them so much that you cannot allow sin to go without your representing God in the matter.  Yes, it hurts in the first place, but the end result is worth the pain.

2.  He wrote out of a desire for their liberty.

Paul wanted this church to practice forgiveness with each other.  Only in Christ could they be forgiven and only in Christ could they forgive.  Satan’s device is to destroy unity and to drill us with unforgiveness.  This very day, We are led into liberty by Christ who, “Leads us in triumph in Christ Jesus.”

This pastor was so in love with Jesus.  This love drove him to reach out to those who are redeemed by the blood of the lamb.

Certainly life can be difficult as a leader in your home, but you need to have the right mindset which says:  In love I will seek for liberation through holy confrontation with the Word of God.  In the end you must remind yourself that it will all pay off as we are obedient to Christ.

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