Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Paul's faith

Paul makes a bold statement of faith, a faith that hold him together when things get rough.

Maybe if we could connect with the realities of faith that Paul talks about, perhaps we too would have something to hold on to when the troubles of life flood our lives.

2 Corinthians 4

6 For 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.
  7 We 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.

10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that 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.

17 For our present troubles are small and won't last very long.

Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

18 So 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 gone,

but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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