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"Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy."
After spending a year and a half establishing the church at Corinth, Paul continued on mission (Acts 18:11).
Weakness & Authenticity w/ God
Apparent Strength & Glamor w/out Him
After hearing disturbing news of the Corinthian church, Paul wrote 1st Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:11).
Paul followed up this letter with a visit...
that did not go well (2:1).
After a difficult visit, Paul wrote a difficult letter to the church (2:4; 7:8-9).
After hearing the difficult letter was received well, Paul followed up with...
2 Corinthians (7:6).
"...He was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but in dealing with you we will live with Him by the power of God."
2 Corinthians 13:4
"For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again."
2 Corinthians 1:8-10
"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."
"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."
"Thus says the LORD: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD."
Do you ry to hide your weaknesses from others? Do you habitually excuse them to yourself? Do you get depressed, angry, or defensive when others outperform or out-accomplish you? Or when someone points out your mistakes?
According to Paul, where does God most clearly manifest His power in our lives?
How do you feel about the prospect of spending Sunday lunch with a first-time visitor, a foreigner with poor English, an older man who smells funny?
What are you tempted to boast? Or, if you are not the type to outwardly brag, in what ways do you compare yourself with others in the dark corners of your mind? Which of your virtues do you secretly think about from time to time in order to boost your self-confidence?