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Jesus’ miraculous activity created joy for some and frustration for others. A selfish heart often looks at the blessings of others with resentment and bitterness. Yesterday you asked for God to fill you up in an area that was feeling empty. In what ways did God respond (or not respond)?
Life is not easy. It’s filled with troubles, stress, and difficulties. As you read the passage imagine Paul, who suffered so much, saying these words directly to you.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10 (NIV)
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.
Reflection and Response
What words or images in this passage stand out to you most?
Circle the final line in the passage. Do you believe that you possess everything? How is it possible to rejoice in the midst of sorrow?
How have you experienced the kind of victory during difficulties that Paul is talking about in these verses?
Action of the Day
Write a note of encouragement to a spiritual leader who has sacrificed time or effort for you.
Lord, I am not as strong as I think I am
I am not as weak as I think I am
I am simply who I am. And who I am I give to you.
As I give to you my honest self
I accept your love for the real me.
Today I will not pretend, I will not boast, I will not minimize.
I accept your love for me.