2 Corinthians 6 v 3 - 10

These opponents of Paul had clearly got to him! He is brought to the point where he feels forced to declare his authority as a minister of God. These are the things he has endured in order to preach the Good News - you will find instances throughout the second part of the book of Acts of the Apostles:

Troubles

Hardships

Calamities

Beatings

Imprisonment

Angry mobs

Exhaustion

Sleepless nights

going without food

suffering others' ignoring him

Living close to death

Beaten to the point of near death

Heartache

Poverty

Owning nothing

And through all this, he has proved the mark of the Holy Spirit within him by:

Purity

Understanding

Patience

Kindness

sincere love

Honesty

Joy

And what has Paul been doing?

Faithfully preaching the Truth

Using spiritual weapons

Serving God whatever peoples' response

Imparting spiritual riches

The reader does, however, get the feeling that Paul loved his life! There must obviously have been times of great suffering and despondency, but God had shown Himself powerful in lots of different circumstances, sometimes intervening directly and other times giving Paul the strength and wisdom to find a way through. 'Yet we have everything!' Paul concludes.

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