2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from glazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.┬áRather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

A Thought

Christ has taken our shameful ways, that were revealed by the law of Moses, away by his Spirit. When we accepted Christ the veil of our darkness was removed; we are now set free to reflect the glory of our Lord. We are continually being transformed into God’s likeness. Those who do not accept Christ by his Spirit are still in darkness with a veil covering their heart. Because of this grace we have received through Christ, we have been given the ministry of mercy to share with others. We must not use deception or distort God’s word: We must not lose heart, but rather present the simple truth of God’s word so others may receive this gift of mercy.

Our Prayer

Father thank you that you have given us a clean heart through your Son Christ. Continue to transform each of us into you likeness to reflect your glory that the world may see you in us. Fill us with boldness to use your mercy and love as revealed by your holy Scriptures to present your truth and mercy to others. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.