For I made up my mind unot to make another painful visit to you. 2 For vif I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? 3 And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, wfor I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. 4 For xI wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Questions to deepen your understanding of the message.
a) What is the new commandment Jesus has given to us?
b) How do we exercise this new commandment in our church?
c) Is there anything in our church that Jesus is not happy about?
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Matthew 4:18-22 King James Version
The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
"Love" is important for our church. No one can know there is love or not at the first visit to our church, but everyone will feel joyful when we rejoice.
Sometimes we can't rejoice. But, when we feel sad, we should please the Lord. Then God's grace will pour on us.