Paul’s Hardship In Today’s World

The past week I’ve been reading the same scriptures every day 2 Corinthians 6:1-13.
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Paul’s Hardships
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
I was guided to them one night when I woke up and have trouble getting back to sleep. Little did I realize that I would need just about everything in these scriptures to carry me through the week. I just kept return every time something came up. Words and phrase would pop out to me each day and sometimes not the same ones. Sometimes new meaning would enter into my mind.
Here are some things that got my attention the most:
In the Holy Spirit and in sincere love
In truthful speech and in the power of God (It’s powerful when we speak with the truth of God)
Genuine, yet regarded as impostors (We all have time when people question our faith)
Dying, and yet we live on (Every one dies a physical death, but Christians live on in eternity with God)
Poor, yet making many rich (We could be the poorest of the poorest, but when we help bring people to God we make them rich)
Having nothing, and yet possessing everything (I have nothing, yet with God I have everything)
Then, I would read the last part, verses 11-13, and remind myself to keep giving all I have and to keep my heart open even in great endurance, troubles, hardships, hard work, and sleepless night.
Peace and love

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