I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
It is unlikely that Paul would appreciate the comparison to Mary Poppins, but it’s the first thing that came to mind. As you watch the video, you can see the absolute mess that has been made by the children, and the huge amount of work to be addressed. The church in Corinth was just such a mess, but as every parent knows, you get much further with a bit of sweet than with the sour of harsh judgment and discouragement. Discipline doesn’t have to be unpleasant, it just has to be clear, and Paul’s message here is quite clear, in that he thanks God for the presence of the Holy Spirit in His Church, and for the believers there who, while not perfect, are perfect in their striving, making progress and improving daily. Like every Christian everywhere today. This is certainly a timeless message for all of us.