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2 Corinthians 6:3-11
3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open.
Rejection | Shiree King
2 Corinthians 6:3, 8
Per the “Enduring Word commentary”: “Paul was willing to do most anything to make sure he gave no offense in anything. He was willing to forego his salary as a minister of the gospel and allow others to be more prominent. He was willing to work hard and endure hardships. Paul was not afraid to offend anyone over the gospel of Jesus Christ, but he would not allow his style of ministry to offend anyone.”
I wonder if Paul was a person bothered by rejection? He must have been fully confident in Jesus and the gospel message to endure the hardships he endured and keep pressing on. If I were Paul, I would only slightly be encouraged by the converts and more impacted by the lack of faith and resistance to my message. In fact, it doesn’t take much rejection to shut me down. Even just the anticipation of rejection can immobilize me.
Dear God, Thank You for Your great grace, love, and forgiveness. Please forgive me for being so concerned about what other people think or say that I let it affect my attitude and mission. Please help me to endure hardship, just like Paul. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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