Tuesday, December 4, 2018

True Ministry

1 But, as a help to you, we exhort you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says: “In a favorable time, I heeded you; and on the day of salvation, I helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 May we never give offence to anyone, so that our ministry may not be disparaged. 4 But in all things, let us exhibit ourselves as ministers of God with great patience: through tribulation, difficulties, and distress; 5 despite wounds, imprisonment, and rebellion; with hard work, vigilance, and fasting; 6 by chastity, knowledge, and longsuffering; in pleasantness, in the Holy Spirit, and in unfeigned charity; 7 with the Word of truth, with the power of God, and with the armor of justice to the right and to the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, despite good reports and bad, whether seen as deceivers or truth-tellers, whether ignored or acknowledged; 9 as if dying and yet truly alive; as if chastised and yet not subdued; 10 as if sorrowful and yet always rejoicing; as if needy and yet enriching many; as if having nothing and possessing everything. 11 Our mouth is open to you, O Corinthians; our heart is enlarged. 12 You are not narrowed by us, but it is by your own inner selves that you are narrowed.
2 Corinthians 6:1-12