These are some verses that stood out this morning in 1 Corinthians 4.
The apostle, Paul, did not live a Club Med existence,
as a follower of Jesus, he did not live the "American Dream".
But he wrote these encouraging words to the young church in Corinth
Maybe you're like me this morning - need some encouragement?
2 Corinthians 4
God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this
light shine in our hearts
so we could know the glory of God that is seen
in the face of Jesus Christ.
now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like
fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear
that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles,
but we are not crushed.
We are perplexed,
but not driven to despair.
9 We are hunted down,
but never abandoned by God.
We get knocked down,
but we are not destroyed.
suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus
the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
16 That is why we never give up.
Though our bodies are dying,
our spirits are being renewed every day.
our present troubles are small and won't last very long.
produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
we don't look at the troubles we can see now;
rather, we fix our gaze
on things that cannot be seen.
For the things we see now will soon be
but the things we cannot see will last forever.