To Be Absent From The Body…

This morning’s devotion is dedicated to my beautiful Aunt who gained her new body yesterday.

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2 Corinthians 5:1-8

Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Temporal and Eternal

For we know that if the earthly tent [our physical body] which is our house is torn down [through death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our [immortal, eternal] celestial dwelling, so that by putting it on we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened [often weighed down, oppressed], not that we want to be unclothed [separated by death from the body], but to be clothed, so that what is mortal [the body] will be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection]. Now He who has made us and prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the [Holy] Spirit as a pledge [a guarantee, a down payment on the fulfillment of His promise].

So then, being always filled with good courage and confident hope, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]— we are of good courage and confident hope, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Today’s worship video is a classic gospel song by The Caravans and Albertina Walker entitled, “Lord Keep Me Day By Day.”

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